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13 kids adopted during Ellis County Adoption Day

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Many families with smiling faces and laughing kids were present during "Ellis County Adoption Day" held at the Sub Court house Friday, Dec. 4, in Ellis County Court at Law No. 1 Judge Greg Wilhelm’s court room. "It is with great pleasure I have the opportunity to be part of celebrating ‘National Adoption Day in Ellis County,’" said Wilhelm.

Wilhelm adopted out 13 kids to nine families during the afternoon. The children, had all been in the foster care system prior to being adopted having been removed from their biological families due to abuse of neglect. "Adoption Day is one of our most favorite days," said Rhodie Rawls, executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) of Ellis County.

"Many of our days are spent dealing with conflict and controversy, as we strive to advocate for children in the foster care system. Our goal is always to reunite children with their birth families, but if that is not possible, then we look forward to this day, when children find their forever families."

In November 2000, "National Adoption Day" was launched as the National Adoption Day Coalition worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates and courts to complete hundreds of foster care adoptions in nine jurisdictions nationwide.

Today, "National Adoption Day" is celebrated nationwide as hundreds events are held each year throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt. In total, more than 25,000 children have been adopted from foster care on this day during the last 10 years.

"Every adoption that comes through this court is a miracle," said Wilhelm.

CASA of Ellis County and the Ellis County Child Welfare Board hosted the special event, providing decorations and refreshments for the children and their new families.

For more information about adoption and foster care, go to www.dfps.state.tx.us.

To learn more about being a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children, go to www.becomeacasa.org or www.casaofelliscounty.org.


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