Family celebrates National Adoption Day by adopting son

Family celebrates National Adoption Day by adopting son

Family celebrates National Adoption Day by adopting son

Mason Porter hides under a table as Charlotte Porter is adopted into his family Friday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court in Chehalis.

Ronan has been a part of the Blodgett family since he was born.

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

"These are their forever families", Phillips said.

"My family is built on biological kids and foster kids", said Liana White after adopting son Randal.

The children then chose a teddy bear.

Cameron Holley continued to say, "I didn't know that it would change my life to the extent that it has and there's no doubt in my mind that I will love her until my last breath".

CJ smiled and grabbed the largest bear he could wrap his arms around, although he had been formally adopted by the family two years ago.

Joshua and wife Amber Ley Cohn said, "If I couldn't have kids, I wanted to adopt".

"We get to have parents, we get to have fun with our parents", said Andre Graves, LaLa and Faith's brother.

Joshua wore a tuxedo while Faith was outfitted in a sparkly blue dress. "Just coming here is kind of symbolic, I think".

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"This little girl has been your baby since she was born", said attorney Mareen Bartlett in Lewis County Superior Court Friday. "We have created this family and it's just been wonderful, I have goosebumps", said Michele Blodgett.

The family sported matching shirts in their favorite colors to commemorate the day.

Handing out gift bags labeled with gold-colored stars with each family's name, Tipton stood on the "red carpet", greeting everyone in passing.

Kymerea says she's looking forward to making more memories with her official new family. "We need more foster parents".

"They are safe and now they are with us".

In Clermont County, 19 children are awaiting adoption; four are teenagers.

Searching for families to foster is critical to the process, she said. That trend extends across the country: Of the 110,000 children and youth in foster care who are waiting to be adopted, about 12,500 are between 15 and 17 years old, according to the Children's Bureau.

Children like 7-year-old Ariyah.

There is also training, a homestudy, reference check, as well as an Federal Bureau of Investigation and criminal background check, but agencies can help guide people through the process.

"We have children in this community that need permanent homes, families that will provide commitment to them, love and a stable environment", says Karen Fitzpatrick, Supervisor of the county's Homefinding Unit. They expect upwards of 900 kids to be adopted in 2017.

"It's more of a objective in life", Archibald said of adopting.

"Foster care is hard and it's emotional and it's not an easy thing to do, but it is so worth it".

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