Recently in Massachusetts, smiles were all around as 140 children were adopted across the state on the 17th annual National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Day was inspired by a former presiding judge of Los Angeles’ juvenile court who worked tirelessly to reduce the backlog of adoptions in his jurisdiction. A coalition of groups formed with the judge’s example in mind, and on November 18, 2000, the group encouraged nine cities to make a special effort to facilitate adoptions on that day. Today, the event occurs in 400 cities across the U.S.
And for many children, the event is a long-awaited answer to their prayers.
“Today is adoption day. It feels good because it’s a good thing,” six-year-old Darison said. The couple who had fostered Darison since infancy was in court that day to adopt him into their home forever. Anthony Falucci spoke to CBS Boston about the adoption, saying, “It means that we just bring our family closer together as one, and it’s official that he’s part of our family and we love him.”
His wife agreed. “He’s a very loving, caring, sweet little boy. We just fell in love with him, and we didn’t want to let him go,” said Nazly Grajeda.
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One family present for the adoption formalities was the Currie family, who ended up adopting three biological brothers. After adopting their first son, Joey, last year, they felt moved to expand their family by adopting another child. They initially hoped for a girl, but when they heard that a six-week-old baby boy was in need of their home and their hearts, they accepted and later found out that the baby in question was Joey’s biological brother, Noah.
“It’s some part of Joey and we loved Joey and Joey was ours so of course we’re going to say yes to this baby,” KC told Boston 25 News. Another family was in the process of adopting Joey and Noah’s middle brother, Logan. But when that fell through, the Curries jumped at the chance of having the brothers all together in their home. The adoption was finalized during the National Adoption Day celebration.
Karen Ludington of the Seven Hills Foundation told Boston News that adoption is a complex process, and keeping siblings together — especially when not adopting as a group — is very rare. “We work with a lot of sibling groups and it’s not easy to place multiple kids,” she said. “So to us, this is one of the miracle families.”
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