Finally Home: National Adoption Day in CT

November is National Adoption Month and CASA for Children is working to inform the public of the urgent need for families to support vulnerable children in the foster care system.

Hernandez is the grandmother of four-year-old Prynce and a former foster care child herself. We have seen children steal and hide-away food because they have known all too well what it's like to go hungry.

DHS finalized adoptions for 2,577 children and youth a year ago, giving them a permanent home.

The event also celebrates the families who will finalize the adoption process by the end of this year. She says Jasper has special needs and his parents could no longer take care of him.

"I just want to be able to do that for another child because no child should not have a family, everybody should have that because even at 25 I still need parents", Loughin said.

It's one of the few times families can walk into a court room and it be the happiest day of their life. Ireland, who has high-functioning autism, now attends Rahway Elementary School, while Quinn waitresses and is in her third year studying psychology at Rutgers.

National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the more than 110,000 children in foster care across the county who are waiting to find permanent, loving families.

According to Hughes, children come into the foster care system through no fault of their own due to abuse and neglect, leaving behind the only life they have ever known.

The finalization of the adoption at first seemed to Quinn like a formality, she said, but the excitement of the day caught up with her and she felt like it was a special occasion. "They've done a lot of hard work this year to get there".

Cameron Holley continued to say, "I didn't know that it would change my life to the extent that it has and there's no doubt in my mind that I will love her until my last breath". "You have my respect, and I thank you".

"We both have older kids but we realized that we had more to give", Eyer said. And every child deserves a family. "You are the reason we are all here", she said. For more information, or to be placed in touch with foster/adoptive parents, call DHR at 256-737-5300 and ask to speak to someone in the resource or licensing units.

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