Protecting vulnerable children, born and unborn, is a top priority for Texans.

The state heartbeat law has attracted international praise and criticism for saving thousands of babies’ lives from abortion. But what is getting less attention are the efforts to support vulnerable children, including the unborn and children in foster care.

On Nov. 4, 12 Texas families adopted 20 children who were in foster care, KVUE News reports. The Travis County families represent just some of the many Texans who foster and adopt children in difficult circumstances, providing them with temporary or permanent loving homes.

Among the children who were adopted on Nov. 4 were Crenshaw siblings Elijah, 9, and Aniiah, 10, who spent most of their lives in foster care, according to the report.

The children’s grandmother, Ava Smith, said she adopted them because she wanted to ensure that they would continue to have a safe, stable home. She thanked her late mother for encouraging her and teaching her to care for them.

“She knew I could do it. She knew it. That the kids would be safe with me. This is where they wanted to be,” Smith told the local news outlet.

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Over the course of fiscal year 2021, 499 children in Travis County, Texas, and nearly 16,000 children throughout the state, were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, reported KVUE. By the end of fiscal year 2021, 4,586 children were adopted, including 191 in Travis County. Throughout Texas, however, there are still 2,902 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. The rest are working on being reunited with their parents.

Texans are supporting children and families in other ways, too.

Along with passing the heartbeat law to protect unborn babies with beating hearts from abortion, Texas lawmakers also increased support for programs that serve pregnant and parenting mothers and babies this year, ensuring that they have support to choose life for their babies.

Pro-life advocates across the state also are reaching out to moms and dads with compassion and understanding, offering financial and material resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. The state has more than 200 pregnancy resource centers that provide free services to pregnant and parenting mothers, along with maternity homes and other charities that support people in need.

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