More than 30 children walked away from the Lubbock County Courthouse on Friday with their "forever families".
Adoption Day is his favorite day of the year as a judge, Brownlee said, and the joy and love evident in those familial unions are polar opposite to the criminal cases he typically presides over - "basically death and destruction", he said.
Volunteers are designated to serve one child or sibling group to evaluate their well-being by getting to know them and speaking with any and all relevant contacts in their lives.
At any given time, more than 600 children are in the foster care system in Orlando. Cullman County now has 51 children waiting.
But for 16 children in Snohomish County, they just could not wait to get in front of a judge. But she "clapped just as much for the second family".
She was asked to take care of them and she obliged, and the rest is history.
"He's been waiting for this day for a very long time, as well as we all have".
Smith talked to The Tribune about what leads children into foster care.
Most of us don't choose our families.
3 brothers find a South Plains forever family on National Adoption Day
"A lot of our kids are having to go to Houston and San Antonio because we don't have homes here".
States with child welfare license-to-discriminate laws allow agencies to turn away prospective adoptive parents based on religious criteria, legally refusing adoption to parents who are single, divorced, LGBTQ, or of a different religion, thereby leaving children in the system longer than necessary or sometimes permanently.
Becoming a foster parent is often a first step in the adoption process.
"I wonder. whether you aren't secretly forming a football team of your own". What a joyous day it was to see a family finally get the happy ending they so desperately deserve.
Chaney shared, "We're fortunate to live in such a tremendous community that values children".
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. You can't put a price on that.
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. "You are the reason we are all here", she said. Thank you for knowing that attachment is exactly what our kids need.
"We both have older kids but we realized that we had more to give", Eyer said.
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