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Adoption Day Gives 14 Children a Permanent Home

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PASCO, Wash. - Smiles filled the court room for a change in the Franklin County Court House as foster children received their permanent families.

Fourteen children were adopted by 12 different families living in Benton and Franklin Counties.  It's all part of National Adoption Day and the court room was filled to capacity. 

Several judges agreed it's the happiest day of the year for them, partly because kids are aloud in the court room and are guaranteed a happy ending to their day.  

One family who just adopted a 5-year-old boy named Nathaniel from China says they're very relieved the adoption process is over after 2 years of waiting.

"We saw his picture and knew he was our son and that we could handle his special need and he's been a blessing.  He's been with us for about a year now and it's been a very smooth transition, said Julie Koeppel, Nathaniel's mom. 

Hundreds of Thousands of children nationwide remain in foster care.  The average child waits 5 years before being adopted and many are separated from siblings in the process.