Adoption makes a big difference in a child's life

Nick Sanchez
November 20, 2017

State authorities removed Ireland from his home when he was 3, and Quinn said she immediately wanted to care for him herself.

Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that flawless family they've always been looking for.

Still, Quinn said, "Nothing much has really changed inside".

"Just understanding that as a six-year-old that he can stay and have a permanent family - that's a big deal", Jones said. They expect upwards of 900 kids to be adopted in 2017.

Around 200 children in Snohomish County are legally separated from their biological parents and waiting to be adopted. The children live with their new families for at least six months before the adoption is finalized.

"You get so invested, so involved, that it naturally comes", Christopher Youngman said.

Sixteen children in Snohomish County were officially getting adopted and no longer had to wait.

"These are their forever families", Phillips said. So many probably felt a tug on their heartstrings when reading Monday's Reading Eagle story about children in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties - more than 1,700 of them - who entered foster care in 2015.

They may not be related by blood but the bond is no less intense. And Anthony wants his kids to always remember one thing.

Israel said he is grateful that his adoptive mom, Keisha Archibald, has taught him discipline and good listening skills and enrolled him in school.

"We just hope for the best for all of us", Ida said. My grandmother loved me, and thank you for loving that little girl over there and loving all your children."The list of accomplished people who were adopted is long".

"It's more of a objective in life", Archibald said of adopting.

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