It was a day full of emotion for a group of deserving families who adopted eight children. To raise awareness for the issue, the Panama City Commission declared Friday, as National Adoption Day.
Adopting a child takes patience; families go through a long and rigorous process to evaluate their compatibility with the children, but Friday morning was quite different.
For eight children adopted out, this event marks a new era in their lives, one that promises stability and care. Each family stood before Judge Brantley Clark requesting to be parents.
In the state of Florida there are approximately 750 children available for adoption from foster care. So to bring recognition in our state nearly 50 adoption celebrations and finalization ceremonies are being held throughout Florida during the month of November.
Lynette Piper is adopting a child for the second time and has kids of her own. She says she's excited about the future and is looking forward to the closure this will bring.
"It's going to make a big difference that we'll be able to be a normal family now and things will be calmer and just be happy." Piper says.
"It means security, stability. They know that this is the home that they're going to be in and that these are the parents that are going to take care of them in a way that they might have never experienced." 14th Circuit Adoption Director, Valerie Proctor says.
To learn more about the adoption process visit: www.adoptflorida.org