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Adoption Day in Jackson County, families finalize adoptions

Posted: 7:31 AM, Nov 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-18 07:31:11-05

Three families in Jackson will need to add more seats to their Thanksgiving table - they are finalizing adoptions Friday.

The adoptions are part of National Adoption Day, an annual November event that raises awareness for the more than 100,000 foster kids across the U.S. who are in need of forever homes.

Judge Diane Rappleye will preside over adoption hearings and says Adoption Day in Jackson County is always her favorite day.

"That child finally has permanency and that is the best feeling in the world, because I know that those children are always going to have a place to call home," said Judge Rappleye. 

Adoption advocates say it's important to raise awareness about the numerous children who are in the foster care system, because many of them will age out of the system if they are not adopted. 

Once the adoptions are finalized, children will receive gift bags. 

November 22 is the official Michigan Adoption Day and more adoptions will be finalized across the state.