PASCO, Wash., -- Benton and Franklin County families, adoption advocates, judges, and volunteers celebrated the 10th Annual National Adoption Day inside a Pasco court room. Both open and closed adoption hearing were also held as Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner opened the ceremony. There were seven state adoptions. More than 129,000 children in the United States are in foster care waiting to be adopted. Since 2000, more than 30,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. Guest speakers at the ceremony included Michael Killian, Michael Turner and Victoria Martinez. Adrienne Bousquet, Miss Tri-Cities sang "its a Wonderful World."
Bryan Gurule and his wife have been raising their two year old son Isaiah since birth, and his adoption became official today. "It's a wonderful feeling. I never thought I could do it. My wife was after me for years and I didn't think I could do it. And I didn't realize how wrong I was," says Gurule grasping his son. Gurule and his wife have worked with social workers and waited for a year for a phone call when Isaiah was born premature at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kadlec Medical Regional Center.