Nationwide Adoption Day ceremonies could have seemed totally different on Friday, Nov. 20, with restricted face-to-face interactions and digital conferences because of the coronavirus pandemic – however the custom of uniting households throughout the nation the week earlier than Thanksgiving remained the identical.
In Osceola County, Decide Laura Shaffer met two households after which made the adoptions of three youngsters official with digital ceremonies for prolonged relations and pals. Comparable proceedings had been held in Orange County.
“Whereas we’ve needed to cut back our celebrations, it doesn’t detract from what this symbolic day means,” mentioned Decide Shaffer. “Right this moment, we’re witnessing proof that the ability of affection has no boundaries.”
Whereas adoptions happen all year long – even in the course of the COVID-19 shut down – Nationwide Adoption Day, which started in 2000, raises consciousness in regards to the variety of youngsters in foster care who’re in want of secure, loving houses.
“Our precedence has all the time been to supply as a lot normalcy as potential for these youngsters,” mentioned Glen Casel, president and CEO of Embrace Families, the lead nonprofit company overseeing foster care, adoption and youngster welfare providers in Central Florida. “These are good youngsters who’ve confronted difficulties in life. Our mission is to search out everlasting options that enable them to thrive.”
Since its inception in 2004, Embrace Households has helped nearly 2,300 youngsters discover their endlessly households. To study extra about foster parenting or adoption, potential households can go to www.EmbraceFamilies.org.