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Dozens sign adoption papers during National Adoption Day

Dozens sign adoption papers during National Adoption Day

Forty-three children across Central Florida now have forever families Friday which marks National Adoption Day. Over 3,000 children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties alone are in foster care.

The Zuniga family is one of 30 families adopting through Buckner Children and Family Services this year.

"We just decided that we had enough love and time and dedication to give to children, a home and a family that children may never have an opportunity to have", Gruler said. "This year, the campaign ".highlights the importance of identifying well-prepared and committed families for the thousands of teenagers in foster care", according to the National Adoption Month website. The family must respect, support, value and celebrate the culture and diversity of the child. Demaun was one of more than 40 children who had their adoptions finalized.

"I'm going to have parents", Cameron Lights Althouse said. It is specifically geared to parents thinking about adopting children from within the foster care system and includes a FAQ (frequently asked questions) on adopting teens.

While Alicia and Dustin Lee believe it was God's calling to care for the orphans, so they added baby Tucker to their family.

For dozens of families, the occasion marked the culmination of their hard work to help the children get to a better place.




Because in a state that has often failed to put foster care children first, filing to be a voice for children who've been silenced, well, there aren't really words for that kind of first. Many of these young people are less likely to be adopted, often due to their age, and will too often age out of the system without a stable support system.

Parents today say the reward of seeing a child's face light up far outweighs any risk. We were actually with family when my ex took that call.

"Family is everything to us", said Jason Avila Winburn.

On Friday, they had an adoption cake waiting at home for the family's newest member, 2-year-old Magdalene, said mother Margaret Masone, 57. Families are the building blocks for strong communities and strong families span generations.

You can find out more information here. "She's bonded with us and it feels like this is our family", Calvin said. We will answer all of your questions about the process, including all of the benefits of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.


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