EVERETT, Wash. – It’s a scene you don’t normally see in courtrooms–big smiles, laughter, and lots of hugs.
The joy and excitement could be felt as families officially welcomed new children as part of “National Adoption Day” at Snohomish County Superior Court.
A total of 13 families adopted 16 kids on Friday.
For the Clements, there’s even more special meaning as they welcome baby Anna.
“I was adopted myself, as were my brothers. I think I’ve always had adoption in my mind,” said adoptive parent Traci Clements.
National Adoption Day organizers said there are more than 107,000 children nationwide in the foster care system waiting for a permanent home.
Phillip Doolittle and Christopher Youngman of Montlake adopted 11-year-old Easten, after being his foster parents for the past two years.
“We’re just happy he’s joining our family forever now,” said Doolittle. “For other parents who might be considering foster care system, it’s hard work for sure. There’s a lot of hard work, a lot of pain, and a lot of challenges to get over. But ultimately, that’s what makes it more special.”
As for the Balzer family of Seattle, they were happy to officially welcome two boys today.
The extended family is now adopting brothers Alex and Andrew after they lost their mother.
“How you define family is however you want to define it. I just hope that all families consider options to increase the love inside their own home,” said adoptive mother Mary Balzer.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner. These families say they’ve got a lot more they are thankful for this year.
“We’re truly blessed with our family and our community,” said adoptive father Mitch Balzer.
More than 2,000 kids in Washington state have been adopted through Adoption Day events.