48 adoptions finalized in Ramsey County

Tomas Mccoy
November 20, 2017

"Well, I got adopted by my mom!"

"Today is so different I don't know where he would have ended up", Hernandez said.

Dozens of families at Westchester County Family Court put their pen to paper to make their adoptions official Friday to mark National Adoption Day.

It was also a happy day for the Olt family from New Rochelle.

For families like the Quinns, the road to adoption has been long.

Children like 7-year-old Ariyah.

"These guys are really special", Mitchell Balzer said.

Children establish legacies on National Adoption Day

"It's a point no doubt acknowledged by the many among us who rediscovered our parents" wisdom in our 20s.The gift of parenthood is what adoptive parents get back, and while some children needing adoptive homes face challenges such as medical conditions or behavioral problems, the Children's Home is confident it can match the right children with the right adoptive homes."You don't have to be ideal to be a flawless parent", Troutman said. They expect upwards of 900 kids to be adopted in 2017.

"A lot of these children come from the work that I do, with removals and foster parents so for the opportunity to now have permanency in their lives with families and it's just a wonderful thing", said Judge Thomas Duplantier, who legalized the 15 child adoptions. Together the 48 children were adopted into 38 families. "If there are 100,000 foster kids across the country what's wrong with us getting two?"

"These are their forever families", Phillips said.

They may not be related by blood but the bond is no less intense. So many probably felt a tug on their heartstrings when reading Monday's Reading Eagle story about children in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties - more than 1,700 of them - who entered foster care in 2015.

"We just hope for the best for all of us", Ida said.

"We expected her to get them back but as we grew with the kids and the kids stayed longer we just enjoyed them, loved them and I just didn't want to give them back", Ida said.

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


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