The Face of Joan McCarthy Lasonde
Loving One, Fighting for 18,000
Five years ago, Joan and her family made the important decision on behalf of one abandoned little girl, a 4-year-old foster child. What started as an effort to help one child now drive’s Joan to advocate for our most vulnerable. There are over 18,000 children in Illinois’ foster care system and 3,347 are waiting to be adopted.
It’s the best kept secret — or maybe the worst, as only a few talk about how badly these children need a home. Joan hosts educational meetings, including one this upcoming fall, on becoming a foster parent, CASA member, or temporary respite. It is one of the reasons she is running for State Senate in the 9th District. Because someone has to fight for these forgotten children.