Friday was National Adoption Day, and hundreds of foster kids now officially have forever homes.
At the Spokane County Courthouse, more than 20 foster children were being adopted into new homes.
It was an exciting day for 2 year-old Gabriella.
"It's overwhelming and so very exciting," said David Needham, Gabriella's adoptive father. "Gabby is now officially a part of our family and [it's] just an amazing feeling."
Gabriella was just one of the kids adopted on Friday.
"We've got foster parents, and we've got relatives who are all adopting after a long period of time of kids being in their homes," explained Erik Larson with DSHS Children's Administration. "They finally have permanency and they get to adopt and have their forever family."
The children and their families celebrated with a big party at the courthouse, thanks to the support of volunteers and community partners.
And while Friday was a happy day, for many of these children, it's been a tough road getting here.
"In the event that we can't safely return kiddos home, a permanent plan is adoption and the courts will order that," explained Kate Schmidt with DSHS Children's Administration, "and that's what we're doing here today and all year long."
Gabriella is now the seventh child the Needhams have taken in.
"It's had its moment where things are really, really, hard," Needham said, "but it's been far more amazing and we're just very privileged."
Children's Administration says there are many kids like Gabriella in the community who need to find a forever home of their own.
"We have a need," Larson said. "We have an absolute need for more foster families throughout Spokane County."
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a foster parent, visit www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/foster-parenting
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