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Benjamin Jervinis couldn’t wait to be a big brother.

The 7-year-old has been his foster sister’s unofficial older sibling since she was 11 months old. Dressed in a dark suit and striped tie with his hair combed to one side, Benjamin waited for the start of the ceremony that would make his now-3-year-old foster sister permanently his.

“I’m excited to have a little sister and not be lonely,” Benjamin said. “And to keep her safe.”

Collier County courtroom 4-A on Friday bubbled with an energy not typical of family court. It was the celebration of National Adoption Day, an awareness campaign that brings attention to more than 100,000 children in the foster care system in the U.S.

Courtroom deputies settled the excited crowd that packed the courtroom and had boxes of tissues at the ready. Child welfare system volunteers dressed as superheroes cheered on the families and took photos.

Ten Collier children were adopted during Friday’s celebration.

“We deal with lots of not-so-fun things in this courtroom,” said Collier Circuit Judge Joseph Foster. “I’m excited to be part of this process and bring families together.”

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