The hallmark program of the Louisiana Institute of Children in Families is the annual Louisiana Angels Gala celebration.
LICF encourages and supports members of the Louisiana Legislature to nominate individuals or organizations from their legislative districts who are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of children through adoption and foster care. Nominees for Louisiana Angels, along with members of the legislature, judiciary, administration, and media gather at a festive gala to celebrate the contributions of the nominees and to highlight their efforts to improve the outcomes of children in need of families.
In addition to drawing attention to the hard work and dedication of the Louisiana Angel nominees on these important issues, the gala raises awareness for the need of every child to know the love, safety and wellbeing of a family. By including media coverage of the gala, and a comprehensive media outreach strategy in the legislative districts, LICF seeks to educate the public at large on the pressing needs of children awaiting families in our state, and to inspire Louisiana citizens to engage in this issue and make a difference for children in care.
During the inaugural Louisiana Angels Gala in November 2016, multiple members of the Louisiana Legislature gathered to celebrate four extraordinary Louisiana Angels, including Teri Hrabovsky, District Donuts, Judge David Painter (Ret.) and Kayana Bradley.
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Aaron Vogel, Chris Audler and Stephen Cali, the owners of District.Donuts.Sliders.Brew,have a unique vision for their business that is larger than excellent food, a vision that includes making a positive impact in the community.
Through their #WeDon’tServeKids initiative, the owners are engaging the help of the eating public to connect New Orleans children and teens with families.
This idea – a lower barrier of entry, a way for more people to be involved, took shape after Kim Carver connected with the owners of District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. As passions collided, the District StreatCar food truck was born.
The District StreatCar, a food truck that recently hit the streets of New Orleans, not only serves up great donuts, coffee, and sliders, but benefits children in foster care by supporting the work of Crossroads NOLA, a local nonprofit that recruits, develops, and supports foster families.
District owners Aaron Vogel, Chris Audler and Stephen Cali are adamant that we, as a society, must step up and care for the more than 4,500 children in foster care in Louisiana.
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Kayana Bradley (“Keedy”) came into foster care as a young teenager. As Keedy prepared to age out of the system at 18, she was adamant that she wanted to use her story to help improve outcomes for other foster youth.
The week after she turned 18, Kayana was the centerpiece of a series of National CASA videos
highlighting the importance of teamwork in the foster care system. She spent two days bravely telling her story, which has now been shared across the country and social medi.
This summer she worked with DCFS and the Chaffee Independent Living Skills providers, speaking directly with current foster kids and preparing them to age out. She joined a group of CASA New Orleans youth who spent two hours sharing their stories with the HCR 168 Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster care, giving details about her challenges both before and after aging out.
Currently, Keedy is part of the team working to create the first Louisiana chapter of the
National Foster Care Alumni Association, and is scheduled to appear on a panel at the Together We Can Conference in October.
Judge David Painter was born on June 2, 1937, and Charles Edward Painter and Patricia Cisco Painter adopted him shortly after his birth. His connection to adoption motivated his life’s work with the court system; during his time with a private practice, Judge Painter handled between 225-250 adoptions.
Judge Painter served as a Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal judge until December 2014. Throughout his career, Judge Painter received numerous honors, including the Light of Hope Award from the Family & Youth Counseling Agency.
As an attorney, Judge Painter served as president of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers, SW LA Bar Association, and the Albert Tate Ends of Court. He was also a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
Judge Painter served as an interim Family Court Judge and participated in the startup of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.
Judge Painter has dedicated his life's work to finding children their "forever family." The judge and his wife Isabel Thornton Painter have been married for 55 years, and the couple has two adult children and two grandchildren.
In 2007 Teri & Brian Hrabovsky received their foster/adoption certification through the state of Louisiana. Their hearts were moved by the tremendous need for foster parents in their area.
The Hrabovskys have fostered more than 40 children, including sibling groups, children with shaken infant syndrome, and physically and sexually abused children. They have had children stay as short as one day and as long as a year. During this process, they have adopted two children—Isaac and Brie—who came to them as babies born with disabilities.
Teri was awarded 2015 Mom of the Year by the New Orleans Moms Blog, after being nominated by her daughter, Annie.