Chemung County celebrates National Adoption Day

Children establish legacies on National Adoption Day

Families make it official on National Adoption Day

"For us to be able to not only help grow our family through adoption but to do it on such a special day has been really special to us", said Leah Lunsford, a mother who finalized the adoption of her 13-year-old son Demaun on Friday. 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".

Several local stores and restaurants sponsor the event.

Roughly 6,000 children are in foster care in New Jersey, according to the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

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"Finally when I got that news I told him the light is finally shining on you and our day", Hernandez said.

Children like 7-year-old Ariyah.

All of the children were adopted out of Ramsey County, but the families came from all over the state. "Some of them might not be biologically related, but they're linked in their hearts and minds".

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"The kids are getting a fresh start", Ulysses Zuniga said. Another one of their siblings was adopted by a second family, and a fourth sibling is going through the adoption process with yet another family.

Today, in honor of National Adoption Month, Foster Friends of Acadiana made a push to get more than a dozen children out of foster care and into their forever homes.

Israel said he is grateful that his adoptive mom, Keisha Archibald, has taught him discipline and good listening skills and enrolled him in school.

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The Cohn's may not be done, as they look to adopt a little girl in the near future, and caseworkers say they hope more families, like the Holley's and Cohn's, will open their hearts and homes to the almost 4-thousand children and teens in the state waiting patiently to find a forever family. "Knowing that they wouldn't of had anybody else, knowing that they would've been rotting away in a children's' nursing home and for us saving their lives is the greatest thing in the world for us", said Tatlock. "It's just fantastic because it takes so long and to just come to this lovely moment with my family it's absolutely unbelievable", said Burkett. "It's not a job to me".

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