Nov 26, 2009 6:00 AM by Jon Carrere

Foster Parents Provide More Than a Home

Life has been a roller coaster for sisters Page and Ashley.
They have been in adoption since last year around Christmas time, but have been in care for almost two years.

In 2007, they lost their mother to a car crash on HWY 90.

After their father chose not to take custody the two of them were split up and placed into the adoption system.

They were eventually re-united under the foster care of Roy and Denise Emerson, who already raise five children of their own.

"I didn't want to see them in institutions with like thirty to forty girls put together," says Denise Emerson, "I just think they deserve more than that."

They all say things aren't perfect, but what family is?

All Ashley knows is that things could be much worse.

"I could have been adopted and been with people that i don't know.  They gave me a chance to stay with them and get to know them, so now i have to thank them for letting me stay with them," she says.

Roy Emerson says, he would like to everyone of them graduate from high school and go to college and be something.

If you would like more information about adopting or becoming a foster parent you can call the Department of Social Services at 337-262-5970 or go online to


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