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Valeishia Mays cries as her newly adopted daughter, Audris, 17, offers a supportive hug Friday during Hillsborough County’s National Adoption Day celebration at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa. “I’m a cry baby,” Valeishia Mays said. EVE EDELHEIT | Times

'Forever families' celebrate adoptions at Tampa ceremony

TAMPA The moment seemingly called for a mother to comfort her daughter. But as Circuit Judge Katherine Essrig finalized Valeishia Mays' adoption of 17-year-old Audris, it was Audris who had to comfort Valeishia as she quietly wept during the proceedings Friday. "When I saw Audris comfort her, I almost lost it," Ess …

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