New families celebrate National Adoption Day at Orange County Courthouse

Children establish legacies on National Adoption Day

She got her wish four years later, after her brother had been living with her as a foster child for almost a year. Families will be celebrating, along with judges, court staff, and social workers as adoptions are finalized for several local children. So Quinn, now 24, began the long training process to adopt Ireland and got her own apartment in Rahway so he could move in.

"Today is so different I don't know where he would have ended up", Hernandez said.

The courthouse was filled with a celebratory spirit, said Kathleen LaValle, executive director of Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates, which hosted Saturday's day of adoptions.

Around 200 children in Snohomish County are legally separated from their biological parents and waiting to be adopted. Demaun was one of more than 40 children who had their adoptions finalized. "If there are 100,000 foster kids across the country what's wrong with us getting two?"

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Ulysses and his wife Ida were chosen by the boys' birth mother to provide the trio a stable home after caring for them for more than a year.

"These are their forever families", Phillips said. "Knowing that they wouldn't of had anybody else, knowing that they would've been rotting away in a children's' nursing home and for us saving their lives is the greatest thing in the world for us", said Tatlock. "Some of them might not be biologically related, but they're linked in their hearts and minds".

"I just love her for what she has done for me", Israel said. "Giving Thanks for Families" is a holiday tradition held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving each year, highlighting the importance of adoption and the needs of children in foster care.

"It's more of a goal in life", Archibald said of adopting.

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