JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Forever homes for children were made official across mid-Michigan Friday.
On National Adoption Day, county courts put a big focus on adoptions to call attention to the growing need for adoptive parents.
6 News was in Jackson County Court for the big day.
With the hit of a gavel, it was official.
Kimberly Charles became the mother of her cousins, 3-year-old Aubree and 1-year-old Jania.
“I am just glad they’re officially part of my family. Me and my children are very excited,” Charles said.
They’re just one of several families in Jackson County taking part in National Adoption Day.
Charles says adopting the girls was a much easier process than she anticipated.
“It made me feel real good to be able to help them. All they needed was a little love,” Charles said.
This is also a big day for social workers, who are happy to see families stepping up, and taking care of kids.
The Department of Human Services says the need for foster and adoptive parents is growing by the day.
“There’s just a lot of trauma in the world we live in. And it causes families to struggle. We just need so many loving families for children of all ages. From newborn up to 17 years old,” said Zoe Lyons, Director of the Jackson-Hillsdale Department of Human Services.
They also need adoptive families that can keep siblings together.
Friday morning, Terry Cole went from great aunt of 7-year-old Trenton, to his mother.
“He does have two siblings, his sister was adopted by my sister and I have guardianship of his younger brother. It kept them all in the family. That’s very important to us,” Cole said.
She says local kids are in dire need of more people stepping up.
“The kids have been through a lot. And to have an ending, it’s a blessing,” Cole said.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, you’re encouraged to contact your local DHS office.