Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that ideal family they've always been looking for.
Friday was National Adoption Day in Snohomish County and it's a reminder that 100,000 foster children across the country are waiting for their forever families.
"Just understanding that as a six-year-old that he can stay and have a permanent family - that's a big deal", Jones said.
Almost two-thousand children are in and out of foster care in Kern County and the first adoption of the day was a family of five.now a family of ten. The boys' parents are striving to provide them with as much love as possible.
In another courtroom, two brothers - Andrew and Alex- are hugging and saying "I love you". "They keep us running from morning until night, it's a fun run from breakfast to dinner", said Anderson.
Many people are expected to attend, including Governor Gina Raimondo and Dr. Trista Piccola of Department of Children, Youth and Families.
"Everybody deserves to know that somebody loves them".
The division investigates troubled homes and gives parents designated periods of time to fix problems before they seek a court order to place the child in a foster home, said Jane Phillips, a Union County court services supervisor and coordinator of Adoption Day.
"We're really excited to get to make it official today", said Michele Blodgett, mom.
Phillips said Adoption Day is meant to promote adoption as an option for families who want to help kids find permanency. "Some of them might not be biologically related, but they're linked in their hearts and minds".
"They didn't want to be anywhere else, and I said we can do this", Hill said.