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National Adoption Day

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Posted: November 30, 2007 6:45 p.m.

KENNEWICK, Wash.--The typical adoption process is fairly low-key. Adoptions are usually approved in a closed courtroom or in a private session with a judge.

Today, officials with Benton and Franklin Counties replaced typical with excitement as they celebrate National Adoption Day. It's the second year both counties are backing this initiative.

Their goal is to showcase the never ending need for adoptions of children in foster care. As of June 2007, 1,800 kids were waiting to be adopted.

"It's like filling in missing pieces of a puzzle and completing your family," says Serena Bryant, mother who adopted three children today. Having everyone home at last."

It was a life-changing moment for more than 10 children. They were all adopted by six families.

Two women, who were adopted explained to the packed courtroom how much the process has changed their life.