More than 70 Connecticut Foster Kids Adopted by New Families

Nov 19, 2017, 00:56
More than 70 Connecticut Foster Kids Adopted by New Families

Eighteen families adopted 31 children at the Lubbock County Courthouse Friday on National Adoption Day.

Hernandez is the grandmother of four-year-old Prynce and a former foster care child herself.

"We got her at 4 weeks and we haven't had her continuously since then, she went back to her mom to make a go of it and we got her back after that", said Daniel.

The Cohn's may not be done, as they look to adopt a little girl in the near future, and caseworkers say they hope more families, like the Holley's and Cohn's, will open their hearts and homes to the almost 4-thousand children and teens in the state waiting patiently to find a forever family. The Zuniga family from Ralls gave 3-year-old Tony, 5-year-old Xavier and 7-year-old Robert a chance at a new life.

"There are a lot of special needs children, I encourage anyone to foster", she said.

48 children were adopted in Ramsey County on National Adoption Day
Hide Caption Show Caption 48 children were adopted in Ramsey County on National Adoption Day

"It's just a wonderful thing to help and see these children strive", said Kim Christie, who adopted her forever son Friday.

Everyone filed into Hart's teddy-bear-lined courtroom, and the first family of the day was the Pattons.

The court is hosting its 14th annual Adoption Day event at the Garrahy Judicial Complex to draw attention to the adoption process and the large number of children available for adoption. With our partners in the private sector, we work hard to find the right fit, the right family to foster and sometimes adopt our children. For many, when the bell rings to signify the formal adoption, the moment of joy is one they will never forget. "I always treat them like my own", she said. "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 flawless for us", Deborah says. I'm privileged to know each one of you professionally and personally. "You have my respect, and I thank you". "You are the reason we are all here", she said.

"Daniel always said we can't have more kids than will fit in a minivan but there's a new minivan out that has nine seats".

Smith shared with the crowd the motto of the adoption-supportive Dave Thomas Foundation: "Unadoptable is Unacceptable". And every child deserves a family. For more information, or to be placed in touch with foster/adoptive parents, call DHR at 256-737-5300 and ask to speak to someone in the resource or licensing units.

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