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Deborah from St. Paul, welcomed her grandsons James, age 8, and D'Angelo, age 10 into her family.

On Saturday, November 17th, the wait was over for 16 Ramsey County children waiting adoption. Holding the first ever Saturday court, Judge Gregory Bastian finalized their adoptions by nine families. Normally these adoptions are private for the protection of the children but this was a special exception in recognition of National Adoption Day and Adoption Awareness Month. The families, judges, adoption professionals, courts, attorneys, adoption agencies and child advocates worked together to make it an extra special celebration.



On Saturday, November 17th, the wait was over for 16 Ramsey County children waiting adoption. Holding the first ever Saturday court, Judge Gregory Bastian finalized their adoptions by nine families. Normally these adoptions are private for the protection of the children but this was a special exception in recognition of National Adoption Day and Adoption Awareness Month. The families, judges, adoption professionals, courts, attorneys, adoption agencies and child advocates worked together to make it an extra special celebration.

On any given day in Ramsey County, roughly 85 children are waiting for adoption. Across Minnesota the number is 650. Ramsey County Adoption Services work to protect and serve those children, and find them a loving home as soon as possible. In recent years Ramsey County's increased use of "kinship studies" has meant that willing family members - like aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings - are more frequently being found to care for children in need.

"Cliche or not, it truly does "take a village" to raise our children," said Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter. "At Ramsey County's Child Protection and Adoption Services, they always have children looking for a loving home. We need "the village" to step forward for these children, not only during Adoption Awareness month, but all year round."

Adoptive parents may be single, married, currently parenting or not. They may own their own home or be renting. Children do not need perfect parents, they need safe, stable and loving parents willing to make a life-long commitment and who can provide structure and support. There are no fees charged to parents adopting Ramsey County waiting children. To find out more, call 651-266-KIDS (651-266-5437) or visit the website at www.co.ramsey.mn.us and click on "Help for People," then "Adoption."

 

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