County officials make a special deal of adoptions done on National Adoption Day to help focus attention on the shortage of adoptive families and the many children waiting for their "forever families".
Forty-three children across Central Florida now have forever families Friday which marks National Adoption Day.
As part of National Adoption Day, November 18, Annabelle's adoption ceremony is one of more than 70 taking place across CT.
"I got the call one day they had a baby that had no known parents, no known name", Lindsey said, noting that she and her husband were already established foster parents.
She says it helps the children understand that even though their birth families don't have the ability to meet their needs, it does not mean they stopped loving them.
Families came from as far away as Dallas to have the final steps of their adoptions streamlined and enjoy fun for the first time as an official family.Community partners, such as Therapets, were on hand to provide entertainment at the Dr. Seuss themed event.
Twenty-five-year-old Chelsea Loughin was just adopted five years ago.
Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that ideal family they've always been looking for.
Sylvia Pitcher, the adoption specialist for the Department of Family and Protective Services said there are over 112 kids seeking adoption in El Paso County.
"We've also seen a lot of growth in our other children", Leah Lunsford said". In all, 18 families were united with smiling children, some carrying teddy bears twice their size.
"This little girl has been your baby since she was born", said attorney Mareen Bartlett in Lewis County Superior Court Friday.
Their adoptions were finalized by Children's Court on Saturday after stays in foster care.
Cindy Lambert is now the legal parent to her grandson Jasper.
"The highest year we had before this year", she explained, "was 2013, and we had 27".
Smith told The Tribune that Cullman County now has around 200 children in foster care, with 51 of those waiting to be adopted.
More than 70 foster kids are going home with their new families.