National Adoption Day

14 children find permanent homes

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 11/25/17

It was a special day in Cleveland when 14 children were officially placed with local families on National Adoption Day.There were 10 families who were involved in adopting the children, and …

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National Adoption Day

14 children find permanent homes

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It was a special day in Cleveland when 14 children were officially placed with local families on National Adoption Day.

There were 10 families who were involved in adopting the children, and Chancellor Jerri Bryant held a special court to officially grant the adoptions. They were held at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Monday.

Many of the children were quite young, but there were a couple of teenagers adopted, so they could change their last name.  One who had been adopted years ago by her mom was adopted again on Monday by the mom's new husband so she could have his last name as hers.

All of the children smiled as they were with their new families. Many had gifts from their families in their possessions, and others just enjoyed hugs from their new family.

"There is nothing greater than being brought into a family in this way," Bryant said. She noted it took many long hours by local attorneys and the Department of Children's Services to lead to the adoptions.

"Isn't this one of the most touching things you have ever seen," noted Chancery Court Clerk Sarah Coleman. "I want to join Chancellor Bryant by passing along a big thank you to those who helped their families."

Each child received a special Christmas ornament to signify their first yuletide with their new family.

"My wife came to me and told me about Jaxon," said Tim Worthy. The family already had three children, but when learning that Jaxon needed a family, were very thankful they were able to adopt him.

"You may think it is a blessing to Jaxon, but he has actually been a blessing to us," Worthy added.

Following Bryant providing legal adoptions to each family in separate ceremonies, volunteers served snacks and a cake to the children and families.

"This is such a special event, and I am so glad to be a part of it," the chancellor said.

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