It’s a dream bigger than any gift that could fit in Santa’s sack. With just over a month before Christmas, 22 D.C. foster children now have permanent families.
The smiles were bright and the tears of joy flowing at the 24th Annual Adoption Day on Saturday.
The Moultrie Courthouse was packed with extended families eagerly anticipating their new expansion. Supporters even stood and peered down on the ceremony from several floors up.
Family court judges lined up and stood as children and their new parents were introduced by Wednesday’s Child’s Barbara Harrison. Official adoption decrees were signed one-by-one to hugs and cheers.
Before it was over, 22 children were legally joined with 18 D.C. families.
There are currently 160 children in the D.C. foster care system yet to find permanent homes. Another half-a-million other children around the U.S. have the same dream.