PITTSBURGH – Today, Allegheny County celebrated National Adoption Day as 41 children became part of a “forever family.” These children, ranging in age from 14 months to 16 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 135 such adoptions this year.
“National Adoption Day is not only a time where we celebrate the children who have achieved permanency through adoption, but also a time to recognize the families who have opened their homes, and most importantly, their hearts, to children who deserve loving and permanent homes,” said Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, administrative judge for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division. “In the world today, many things happen that cause me to lose faith in humanity. But when I encounter the families who have given deserving children loving and permanent homes, my faith in humanity is restored.”
The celebration took place at the Allegheny County Family Law Center, where families and their guests were entertained by balloon artists and caricaturists. A light breakfast was provided by Mix Stirs and Eat'n Park donated Smiley Cookies.
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