16 children find 'forever families' in Snohomish County after official adoption

Editorial: Adoption makes a big difference in a child's life

Each year more than 400 cities throughout the nation host National Adoption Day ceremonies to finalize adoptions and draw attention to the need for foster and adoptive parents. "Giving Thanks for Families" is a holiday tradition held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving each year, highlighting the importance of adoption and the needs of children in foster care.

Mengarelli and Judge David W. Dugan, adoption attorneys and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services staff will come together to make the day memorable for these new families.

After four adoption court dates over the last decade, they have their favorite celebration restaurants and backups to their preferred restaurants - just in case the wait is too long for the family of 10 children, six of them adopted.

Life Management Center officials say they often keep in contact with their children years after their adoption.

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For a little over a year I assisted a local grandmother with the process of adopting her three grandchildren.

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

In another courtroom, two brothers - Andrew and Alex- are hugging and saying "I love you".

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.

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For every sticker posted to the adoption tree, for every happy story, there's one waiting to be told, and you don't have to wait till next national adoption day.

White first became involved in the foster system after agreeing to watch a woman's children for a few weeks. "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.

"I feel like crying", she said. I'm privileged to know each one of you professionally and personally. "We always talked about having some and adopting some whenever we were dating and after we got married, we weren't able to have kids so then we've just got into foster care and adopted through foster care". 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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