Adoption days become "beary" sweet for foster kids

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Adoption days just became "beary" sweet for children in foster care.

Lined along the front row of a courthouse sits teddy bears awaiting there forever friend to take them home.

It's a part of a new initiative that Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA has taken on.

The organization partnered with Arkansas Community Foundation and Build- A- Bear to start a "Friends for Life" program in Northeast Arkansas.

When kids are adopted, they get to adopt their own bear the same day and get to choose specifically which one they want.

The judge makes a big presentation while the child gets to fill out their new friend's certificate.

"It's a new start in the child's life and their new family, so this bear is just a reminder of when they got their forever home on that special day," Amanda Frankenberger, CASA program manager said.

The kids get the ultimate experience on their adoption day.

CASA said the program has kicked off with a bang and hopes funding will allow them to continue it.

If you are a local business and want to help fund the Friends for Life program, you can contact CASA at 870-935-1099.

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