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Families celebrate National Adoption Day at Family Court

20 November 2017

"This is just the next layer of our family to make sure we're together forever", said Tawnie Baranica.

Several local stores and restaurants sponsor the event. "There's nothing that could change that, I mean it'd be hard to look at [his] face and not fall in love with him", said Greg Blodgett, dad.

"Finally when I got that news I told him the light is finally shining on you and our day", Hernandez said.

Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that ideal family they've always been looking for.

The courthouse was filled with a celebratory spirit, said Kathleen LaValle, executive director of Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates, which hosted Saturday's day of adoptions.

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

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All of the children were adopted out of Ramsey County, but the families came from all over the state. The children live with their new families for at least six months before the adoption is finalized.

"The kids are getting a fresh start", Ulysses Zuniga said.

They may not be related by blood but the bond is no less intense.

Kymerea's mother, Deborah Lauper, had been her foster parent for years.

Demaun was at one time considered to be unadoptable, but that's no longer the case after the Lunsfords walked out of Jackson County Family Court on Friday. "We have created this family and it's just been wonderful, I have goosebumps", said Michele Blodgett. My grandmother loved me, and thank you for loving that little girl over there and loving all your children."The list of accomplished people who were adopted is long". "It's not a job to me".

Families celebrate National Adoption Day at Family Court