PITTSBURGH – Today, Allegheny County celebrated National Adoption Day as 42 children became part of a “forever family.” These children, ranging in age from 16 months to 17 years old, had their adoptions finalized by Children’s Court after a stay in foster care through the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF).
The mission of CYF is to provide permanent, safe homes for children, either by assuring safety within the child’s own family or by finding an adoptive home or another permanent setting for those children who cannot be reunified with their family.
“A permanent, stable, loving home is incredibly important to all children,” said DHS Director Marc Cherna. “While DHS always strives to support these goals with a child’s birth family, we are grateful to the individuals who open their hearts and homes through adoption to those children for whom a return to the birth family is not an option.”
Prior to today’s event, the Children’s Court finalized 148 such adoptions this year.
“There are many important days that we circle on our calendars, but today, National Adoption Day is unlike any other day. Adoption day is a day when circles become complete,” said Honorable Kathryn M. Hens-Greco, administrative judge for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division. “Today children who have been by themselves for far too long are now joined into families who will begin to mark their calendars with their special days together.”
The celebration took place at the Allegheny County Family Law Center, where families and their guests were entertained by balloon artists and caricaturists. Ronald McDonald and Eat’n Park Smiley also joined in the festivities. Food and drink were provided.
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