National Adoption Day event in Brockton creates awareness

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

Lubbock City Councilwoman Karen Gibson read a city proclamation as Judge Kevin Hart spoke ahead of the day's adoptions.

"This is just the next layer of our family to make sure we're together forever", said Tawnie Baranica. Executive Producer Dave Althouse and his wife Hope Albu adopted a son.

"Just understanding that as a six-year-old that he can stay and have a permanent family - that's a big deal", Jones said.

The children then chose a teddy bear. They expect upwards of 900 kids to be adopted in 2017. In a system full of children who need homes and loving parents to care for them, these laws are restricting children's chances of being adopted - and culturally competent care to LGBTQ children under the guise of religious expression. Over the years, Allen says they have seen a sort of philosophical evolution in their approach to foster care.

"The kids are getting a fresh start", Ulysses Zuniga said.

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

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

When they brought her home as a foster daughter 20 months ago, Emma was in a wheelchair.

"This has been a wonderful process". It is also a celebration of families who have already opened their homes and hearts to adopted children and in most cases have helped to improve the trajectory of a child's life forever.

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

A special ceremony with balloons, snacks and music was held at the Fenton Judicial Center on Friday morning to celebrate the day. We're proud of them to step up and adopt children and make forever families.

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"These guys are really special", Mitchell Balzer said.

"In addition to the abuse or neglect they've endured, these children lack the stability in life needed to grow and often miss out on key parts of childhood while in foster care", said Hughes. It has since become a memorable and moving event for hundreds of families.

"That's what's so great about Adoption Day", Haan said.

There is also training, a homestudy, reference check, as well as an Federal Bureau of Investigation and criminal background check, but agencies can help guide people through the process.

"I want her to know what a blessing she is for us and we feel like she is a gift", James said. 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.

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