The deck was stacked against Emilie from the day she was born. Her mother died of a drug overdose weeks after giving birth. Her father had been killed in a car crash. And prenatal exposure to cocaine left Emilie suffering from severe asthma, residual shakes and crying spells.
But Emilie had one advantage many foster children can’t count on – a court appointed advocate volunteer committed to ensuring her safe journey to a stable and loving home. Emilie’s advocate, Joan, conducted diligent research on relatives who’d asked the court for custody. She found a long history of drug use, incarceration and involvement with the child welfare system. None of them could provide a safe and stable home.
Thanks to Joan’s intervention, the cycle of violence that has trapped Emilie’s family for generations has been broken. Today Emilie is happy, healthy and celebrating her fifth birthday with her loving adopted family in Louisiana on a huge farm with lots of animals.