National Adoption Day event in Brockton creates awareness

Ray Weaver
November 19, 2017

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and around 40 children were officially adopted by their forever families Friday afternoon.

"There are so many children in foster care right here in our hometowns that need a permanent home", said Suzanne Hughes, Executive Director of CASA for Children. Children are aging out of the system because there aren't enough families to adopt them.

"I encourage everyone to adopt, you know it's a blessing and you love them the same and you're changing someone's life by giving them a forever family", said Darlys Hernandez, who adopted her forever daughter.

Beyond the official count, the agency assisted with two other adoptions in MS, and DHR staffers themselves adopted six children over the past year.

Kids in sport coats and suspenders scurried around a crowded foyer decorated with balloons, while local government and non-profit agencies manned tables advertising resources to new adoptive families as music played over a loudspeaker. "We are always in need of permanent homes for some of our children in foster care and we're always in need of foster parents". They could not return to their birth parents, and she said both boys wanted to stay in their new home. But then, there comes a day that makes it all worth it. You may also friend me, Assemblyman Barclay, on Facebook. "And being with them and showing them love teaches them how to show love when they grow up".

Attorney Darrel Ammons, who has worked in adoptions for more than 25 years, said he enjoys attending Adoption Day every year.

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. For many, when the bell rings to signify the formal adoption, the moment of joy is one they will never forget. "It makes me feel happy, especially with my sister she's really nice", she says.

Santana recalled a time when his grandchildren were separated in foster care. "The homes that we do have here stay full", said Smith. 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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