Families grow a little bigger on National Adoption Day

Glen Mclaughlin
November 19, 2017

The division investigates troubled homes and gives parents designated periods of time to fix problems before they seek a court order to place the child in a foster home, said Jane Phillips, a Union County court services supervisor and coordinator of Adoption Day.

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.

It's hard to overstate the impact that the gift of adoption can have on a child, and on parents.

The celebration, sponsored by many local companies, aimed to raise awareness for the adoption process and the hardworking people and families that make it happen.

Standing in the courtroom, and seeing the happy faces of the family as the judge made the adoption official is a moment I will treasure always.

Over 200 children in Maricopa County are going to their forever homes today on National Adoption Day.

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"We encourage all citizens to honor families who adopt and to consider making a positive change in a child's life by becoming an adoptive family", Gibson said ahead of a balloon release.

In another adoption, 4-year-old Jesse Ray Cohn can't help but share his enjoyment with his new brothers Haiden and Jaxon. Siblings are often separated after being removed from their biological family's home. Parents who have attended the event in the past say the day marks the end of a long, uncertain time and the beginning of a new, more permanent journey. These families don't have to be wealthy, have big homes, or to even be married. There is a real shortage of foster care families in the state of Colorado.

There are thousands of children who need temporary homes as well.

The majority of these children came into foster care as the innocent victims of abuse and/or neglect and many will suffer the long term effects of this trauma. "We're seeing a lot more children entering care, lately".

-A child that ages out of foster care stands a much higher chance of negative outcomes, including substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, unwed pregnancy, incarceration and premature death.

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.

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