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Family Court finalizes 21 adoptions for National Adoption Day

Editorial: Adoption makes a big difference in a child's life

More than 30 children walked away from the Lubbock County Courthouse on Friday with their "forever families". If you're unsure what difference being adopted makes in a child's life, consider the words of one famous adoptee."I was adopted at 7 months, and I'm going to tell you what that means", comedian, singer, actor and Academy Award victor Jamie Foxx said in September on the Fox game show "Beat Shazam". "We decided on our last child that we weren't gonna have anymore and that was early on in life...all the kids are growing up, we could have had a couple more and low and behold I got a phone call a couple weeks later that said I was having five when I got home", said Anderson.

Beyond the official count, the agency assisted with two other adoptions in MS, and DHR staffers themselves adopted six children over the past year.

The 4-year-old was delighted to finally be part of the family that already had adopted his older brother, DaKyrian Givens, 7, and sister, Ahnesty Shurme, 12. "And, to be completely honest, tons and tons of drug use that's resulting in kids entering foster care because their parents aren't able to take care of them". "Just the smiles. You know, quite frankly, most of the time, our court does not have a whole lot of happy events, and this is just a special day".

"I wonder. whether you aren't secretly forming a football team of your own". "They really love each other".

The event began in Syracuse 17 years ago in conjunction with the national movement in an effort to celebrate the adoptions and draw attention to the need for foster parents.

Editorial: Adoption makes a big difference in a child's life

She said studies have shown that children who age out of foster care at 18-years-old without a permanent family are less likely to graduate high school and are more likely to struggle with homelessness and substance abuse.

They are about to learn they will never be separated after the hardships they have been through. That's somebody who said, "I see something in that little boy that's very special.' "Foxx continued: "And she made sure I had every tool that I needed to grow and expand".

All of these families have adopted out of the foster care system. "It's what you've got".

"Thanks to the children".

For families like the Quinns, the road to adoption has been long.