Families celebrate National Adoption Day at Family Court

Families celebrate National Adoption Day at Family Court

Families celebrate National Adoption Day at Family Court

The day marks the end of a long wait for the families and especially the children who, on average, wait three years in foster care before being adopted.

Kids in sport coats and suspenders scurried around a crowded foyer decorated with balloons, while local government and non-profit agencies manned tables advertising resources to new adoptive families as music played over a loudspeaker.

The children then chose a teddy bear. In these seven states alone ― Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia and MI ― 21,000 kids were waiting to be adopted in 2015.

There is still always a need for more families to consider opening their hearts and homes to a child.

"I just love her for what she has done for me", Israel said.

"We kind of held off and God said differently and told us we needed to get involved with it", he said, "so we got CJ".

Annabelle's journey to today started when she was just one month old.

Joshua wore a tuxedo while Faith was outfitted in a sparkly blue dress.

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For the Sherrill family, adopting Grayden - who they've had since he was 10-days-old, falls on the anniversary they adopted their eldest son two years ago.

After coming to Littlefield for a funeral service, a family member approached her with the newborns.

Jordan Harris is a foster care and adoption specialist for U.P. KIDS. "I always treat them like my own", she said.

"In Cullman County alone in 2017, we have identified and secured forever families for siblings we were told would never be able to live together, a attractive little girl with many medical and developmental needs that render her wheelchair bound, a unique and attractive 16-year-old with behavioral issues-I mean, what 16-year-old doesn't have 'behavior issues, ' right?"

Handing out gift bags labeled with gold-colored stars with each family's name, Tipton stood on the "red carpet", greeting everyone in passing.

With the theme of "Giving Thanks for Families", courts statewide will celebrate Adoption Month next week, including here in Livingston County.

We have heard the cries of little ones who are desperately trying to make sense of the confusing and unpredictable world around them. The Wades have adopted twice before, but Wade said the ceremony Friday made the event extra special. He said he could not live with that and praised social and state workers for what they did for his family. Siblings are often separated after being removed from their biological family's home. Foster parents must go through a certification process which includes training and background checks. "And while we're happy with that success, I know this director and this staff is not going to be happy until we have a place for every child that needs help". They also display pictures of children who are available for adoption in the area to raise awareness about the many children in need of homes.

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