National Adoption Day in Washington and Holmes counties

National Adoption Day in Washington and Holmes counties

Ronald Pratt
November 19, 2017

"I encourage everyone to adopt, you know it's a blessing and you love them the same and you're changing someone's life by giving them a forever family", said Darlys Hernandez, who adopted her forever daughter.

Dozens of families at Westchester County Family Court put their pen to paper to make their adoptions official Friday to mark National Adoption Day. According to the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange there are over 3,000 children in Michigan "waiting for permanent, loving homes to call their own each year".

The family sported matching shirts in their favorite colors to commemorate the day.

Phillips said Adoption Day is meant to promote adoption as an option for families who want to help kids find permanency. Ireland, who has high-functioning autism, now attends Rahway Elementary School, while Quinn waitresses and is in her third year studying psychology at Rutgers. Siblings are often separated after being removed from their biological family's home.

The road to Judge Brett Niemeier's courtroom was long and arduous, but it was a journey worth taking. For many, when the bell rings to signify the formal adoption, the moment of joy is one they will never forget. These families don't have to be wealthy, have big homes, or to even be married.

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Searching for families to foster is critical to the process, she said.

"The foster care system is in crisis", said Hann, who conducted the adoption proceedings Friday. 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.

Gentry, whose office has to deal face-to-face with many of those situations that send kids to foster care, addressed the crowd. We don't want to create more loss for the children.

There are hundreds of thousands of kids in our nation's foster care system. Meanwhile, more than two million additional lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people nationwide would consider serving as foster or adoptive parents, but face barriers due to these laws as well as policies and practices in other states that prevent them from doing so.

Jordan Harris is a foster care and adoption specialist for U.P. KIDS.