CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Children's Coalition in southeast Missouri met up at Klaus Park in Jackson on Sunday, Nov. 13 to raise awareness and share information on foster children and on the process of foster care.
They lit 1,200 candles in honor for the foster children in Missouri as part of a candlelight vigil for Orphan Sunday.
The 1,200 luminaries represent the number of children who were waiting to be adopted in Missouri at this point a year ago. Since then it has grown to roughly 1,900 children.
In southeast Missouri, it has grown from 329 in August of this year to more than 400 foster children.
"Orphan Sunday is really a time for us to reflect on and pray for the children in the United States and all over the world that don't have homes," Evelyn Buessink said. "Children who are waiting to be adopted, waiting to find a forever home."
The event brought in many of people enjoying music, stories and information, as well as speakers that shared their stories of the adoptive process.
"We want that one child to find a family and to have a stable, secure and loving home," Buessink said. "And for families who want to grow their family or become parents. We want to be able to get connected with children out there who need them."
The event also featured the Missouri Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit of 127 photos that feature 178 children who are looking for a family of their own.
The Children's Coalition is one of many organizations that provides awareness and support within the community for foster care, orphan support, as well as adoption.