16 children find 'forever families' in Snohomish County after official adoption

48 children were adopted in Ramsey County on National Adoption Day

With the theme of "Giving Thanks for Families", courts statewide will celebrate Adoption Month next week, including here in Livingston County.

November 18 is national adoption day.

Through contributions from community sponsors, costumed characters, mascots, and a balloon artist welcomed and entertained the children, while professional photographers took portraits of the new "Forever Families" and will be donating framed prints to each family in order to forever commemorate the moment.

Several local stores and restaurants sponsor the event.

More than two years ago, 11-year-old Easton had no permanent family.

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

48 children were adopted in Ramsey County on National Adoption Day
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But for 16 children in Snohomish County, they just could not wait to get in front of a judge.

All of the children were adopted out of Ramsey County, but the families came from all over the state. Demaun was one of more than 40 children who had their adoptions finalized.

"I want her to know what a blessing she is for us and we feel like she is a gift", James said. "If there are 100,000 foster kids across the country what's wrong with us getting two?"

The amount of medical attention for these boys may be extensive, but their parents' love for them is endless. On Friday, they adopted twin 6-year-old girls, and their 8-year-old brother who were in foster care. "Some of them might not be biologically related, but they're linked in their hearts and minds".

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. "It's just incredible because it takes so long and to just come to this handsome moment with my family it's absolutely wonderful", said Burkett.

Wind Advisory issued Saturday night
On Saturday , a cold front works it way across the Valley, causing widespread scattered showers and a possible rumble of thunder. That means it will be very warm during the day with highs topping out in the low 80s! Winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour .

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