National Adoption Day in Syracuse brings new families together

Joy Montgomery
November 19, 2017

Dozens of kids and foster parents feeling extra special this National Adoption Day as 50 adoptions were finalized Friday in Miami in a combination effort between Our Kids of Miami Dade and Monroe, The Children's Trust and the Department of Children and Families. Since its inception in 2000, National Adoption Day has helped almost 65,000 children across the country move from foster care to forever families.

ALLEN: We are working really hard on facilitating continued relationships with birth families, even when children are adopted.

For many children, the harsh reality is they will wait years for a forever family, and continue bouncing between multiple foster homes until they are finally reunited with their biological family or adopted.

Anissa, Farrah, Jacklyn, Meredith and CJ stood with their family before Hart as they were officially recognized as one, although they have been living together for more than a year.

"Lucy came to us as foster parents, and ... she was my daughter instantly", Russ Eyer said. Families with cases scheduled for the day are invited to attend special ceremonies. My grandmother loved me, and thank you for loving that little girl over there and loving all your children."The list of accomplished people who were adopted is long".

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"This is my very first adoption, I've had Prynce on my caseload for about a year", Chelsea Loughin said. "I was divorced and my only child had moved out", I met (Jacob, her oldest boy) and fell in love". That delay would have meant him turning 18 and aging out of the foster care system without the chance of having a permanent, forever family.

They are about to learn they will never be separated after the hardships they have been through.

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".

"We both have older kids but we realized that we had more to give", Eyer said.

Smith shared with the crowd the motto of the adoption-supportive Dave Thomas Foundation: "Unadoptable is Unacceptable". 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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