Adoptions are usually a closed-door affair, but on National Adoption Day, all are welcome at the Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa as children get their forever families. Friday’s event, themed “Adoption Rocks,” is a celebration held every November to coincide with National Adoption Month, which aims to raise awareness and encourage people to consider the adoption of children and teens from foster care.
Mayor Jane Castor, whose two sons are adopted, read a proclamation to a packed courtroom of happy families sharing hugs, smiles and tears of joy.
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