Families celebrate National Adoption Day

Faith Castro
November 19, 2017

County officials make a special deal of adoptions done on National Adoption Day to help focus attention on the shortage of adoptive families and the many children waiting for their "forever families".

"We had a second chance finding each other", she said, adding that they chose to give a child in the foster care system the same chance.

"The opportunities they provided to me makes me the luckiest man on the face of the earth", he said. "We have a little girl who has a birth mom who loved her so much she was willing to give her up", James Pope said.

Beyond the official count, the agency assisted with two other adoptions in MS, and DHR staffers themselves adopted six children over the previous year.

Several local stores and restaurants sponsor the event.

Her youngest daughter is no longer able to take care of her son and Hernandez was determined he wouldn't end up in the foster care system.

Cindy Lambert is now the legal parent to her grandson Jasper.

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

"I made a comment one time that 'When you're grown up and you get married and have your own house.' He said 'Mommy, I thought I could stay with you forever?' And I said 'Baby, you can stay with me forever, '" Jones said.

"Everybody deserves to know that somebody loves them".

In another adoption, 4-year-old Jesse Ray Cohn can't help but share his enjoyment with his new brothers Haiden and Jaxon. "I was divorced and my only child had moved out", I met (Jacob, her oldest boy) and fell in love".

More than a 150,000 children across America are in foster care waiting for permanent loving homes.

-At any given time, there are around 300 children in foster care in Alabama who are ready for adoption, but with no family to go to. "They've done a lot of hard work this year to get there". "Little Kye came to our home when she was 3, going on 4, and we just knew the minute she walked in that it was ideal for us", Deborah says. Thank you for holding us accountable as an agency, and most of all for advocating for our kids in only ways that foster and adoptive parents can.

For families like the Quinns, the road to adoption has been long.

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