State of Louisiana Archives: on Families & Children
John Bel Edwards:
Family Services placed 735 kids in foster homes despite cuts
Thanks to the hard work of the Department of Children and Family Services, 735 Louisiana foster children found permanent homes last year--the most of any year on record.
The DCFS team accomplished this feat despite the fact that the DCFS has faced deep cuts over the last several years, with fewer employees working longer hours.
Source: 2017 Louisiana State of the State address
Apr 10, 2017
John Bel Edwards:
Catholic upbringing shapes commitments to community & family
His Catholic upbringing and strong family ties have shaped both his commitments to his own community as well as his family. John Bel's mother taught him both the compassion he demonstrates as a legislator and his belief in the power of prayer.
Bel is married to his high-school sweetheart. The Edwards family attends St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite.
Husband, father, public servant, veteran, man of religion, small businessman Edwards will put Louisiana families and Louisiana workers first.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, JohnBelForLouisiana.com
Aug 11, 2015
Prostitute was "serious sin" but made me a better family man
Vitter said that he became a stronger person and better family man after receiving forgiveness for a "serious sin" as challengers questioned his personal morality.
Vitter, whose phone number was found in the logs of a Washington, D.C. prostitution ring
in 2007, said family remains the "greatest strength" his life, and that the D.C. Madam episode "redoubled my focus on living true to those commitments."
"Obviously I've stumbled in my marriage. Obviously I've committed serious sins that
I've talked about in my past," Vitter said.
Melancon said Vitter's questionable character helped motivate him and others to get in the race against the incumbent. "It's about honesty and integrity in
Washington and that is one of the key ingredients and the reason why I think everyone got in this race to challenge Mr. Vitter," Melancon said.
Source: NOLA.com coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate
Oct 28, 2010