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Facebook group wants community to adopt high school grads in Lafayette

Hoping to shower them with cards, gifts, and more
Posted at 2:16 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 23:15:11-04

A group on Facebook is looking to shower 2020 high school seniors with love and gifts as graduation plans change.

The group, Lafayette, La Adopt a Senior 2020,says they want to to shower seniors with some extra love through adoption. They are asking local businesses and others to adopt a senior or 2 or more, pledging to send them letters, cards, gifts, gift cards, snacks, or anything else to let them know the community is rooting for them.

In the Facebook group, those with graduating seniors are asked to share a photo and some words about their grad. Those wanting to adopt can comment on their post then send them a private message.

"It’s a stressful time with canceled proms and graduations postponed. Let’s share the love!" page admin Amanda Hunt says.

The page is limiting one post per graduate.

Similar pages are popping up on Facebook mentioning locations around Acadiana and Louisiana.

The owner of a local restaurant, Mother's Cafe' VII, was invited to one of these groups, and said she wanted to just adopt all of the seniors in the group.

Thea Benoit-Zeno then noticed a lot of the seniors had not yet had senior portraits taken, and decided to do something about it.

Mother's Cafe is partnering with Brandon Foster to give at least 10 local seniors a professional photo shoot and care package.

All contestants have to do is provide a brief writeup or a short video about themselves, their future plans, etc. and submit it to

The deadline is May 4. Brandon and Thea will go live on Mother's Cafe's Facebook page to announce the winners. More info here.