National Award Presented to Local Foster-to-Adoptive Family

1,000th Adoption

When asked to recommend a pair of local foster-to-adoptive parents for the prestigious national Angels In Adoption award, Family Services recommended Deborah and Joseph Defour.

Every year, Members of Congress recognize adoption heroes for the Angels in Adoption award to honor individuals, couples or organizations across America for their extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes.

Family Services of Metro Orlando would like to congratulate Debbie and Joseph Defour of St. Cloud, Florida, who were selected by Congressman Bill Posey as recipients of this national honor. They have shown extraordinary compassion for Osceola County’s foster children and have provided five children with a permanent place to call home – forever.

The Defours have made fostering-to-adopting a lifestyle and are active members of the Osceola County Foster Parent Association. On June 25th of this year, they adopted their daughter Melissa as Family Services of Metro Orlando’s 1,000th adoption.

“After our two children went to college, we thought we were done raising children,” said Debbie Defour. “We never thought we would raise another family. But we’ve adopted four since then, and when we first took Melissa in, we just knew she was going to be part of our family.”

Joseph and Debbie Defour were one of 139 honorees this week at the National Angels in Adoption conference in Washington DC.

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