Local adopting families celebrate the children they now call family

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

The bill, passed by the Texas legislature earlier this year, allows faith-based organizations to legally assert their "sincerely held religious beliefs", while caring for children in foster care or in custody of Child Protective Services. If you're unsure what difference being adopted makes in a child's life, consider the words of one famous adoptee."I was adopted at 7 months, and I'm going to tell you what that means", comedian, singer, actor and Academy Award victor Jamie Foxx said in September on the Fox game show "Beat Shazam".

"National Adoption Day is important to spread awareness, there are so many children that need homes, that need permanent homes", Judge Theresa Slade said. Bounce houses, balloons and official family photos were just some of the many things the children enjoyed at Saturday's event. "And, to be completely honest, tons and tons of drug use that's resulting in kids entering foster care because their parents aren't able to take care of them". Event organizers say spectators who attend have been so inspired by watching children become part of a forever family that many have become foster parents themselves. You may also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook. Unsurprisingly, aging out of the foster care system without a family to fall back on comes with a heightened risk of a number of negative outcomes for youth in care, including failing to complete high school, increased involvement with the criminal justice system, unemployment, homelessness, and being trafficked. Social workers say they hope more families will open their hearts and homes to these children.

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The finalization of the adoption at first seemed to Quinn like a formality, she said, but the excitement of the day caught up with her and she felt like it was a special occasion.

There are hundreds of thousands of kids in our nation's foster care system. "They've done a lot of hard work this year to get there".

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"I know from working with foster parents", Tipton said, "they get so many rewards from loving these kids and nurturing them till they go home - if that's gonna be possible - or to live with grandma or a relative. You have my respect, and I thank you".

"Leo is a great big brother", Smith said.

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Adoption isn't for every family, and that is OK.

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