Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux recently partnered with Wednesday's Child of Georgia, a partnership between the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the local Atlanta Fox affiliate, and the Georgia Division of Family and Children's Services, to give a young man in foster care named Isaiah a fun, memorable experience at the Falcons' training facility. Wednesday's Child strives to raise awareness of children who are currently in foster care who hope to be adopted by a loving family.
Isaiah is a quiet 16 year old boy who has been in foster care for the past five years. He loves sports, which made the experience with Babineaux ideal for this young man.
Isaiah joined Babineaux at the Falcons' training facility, and received a tour of the indoor training facility and the locker room. The two new friends tossed a football around and enjoyed some downtime in the players' lounge. Isaiah also enjoys history, so Babineaux gave him a personal tour of the Falcons museum in their Flowery Branch facility.
The average age of children in foster care is eight and a half years old, so Isaiah is much older than the average foster care child. Five years is also a long time to stay in foster care. Older children often aren't a priority for prospective adoptive parents. Babineaux's willingness to lend his celebrity to this important cause may very well help Isaiah find a loving family after waiting such a long time for adoption.
Jonathan Babineaux gave Isaiah a signed "Babineaux's Unit" shirt, some gloves, and a Falcons hat, but more importantly, Babs, and Wednesday's Child, are helping to give Isaiah a voice and a platform to reach potential adoptive families.
For more information on Wednesday's Child and their efforts to benefit children in foster care who hope to be adopted, you can visit their website.