November is National Adoption Month, and events are taking place across the country to celebrate National Adoption Day.
In Franklin County, 12 children were adopted to seven families.
Shante Wooden came to The Franklin County courthouse to officially adopt three siblings.
“I adopted three children. I am a foster mom, and they came in as foster children. And they became part of our family. I have a great big family, and they just fit in, and they wanted to be adopted into our family,” said Wooden.
“It means that legally that we’re not foster children anymore that our parent is our parent,” said her now 15-year-old son, Daniel.
Daniel says he is happy and grateful that he was adopted with his siblings, twins Zack and Marie, so they can all stay together.
“Sometimes, I see other kids and they’re not with their siblings and stuff like that. And just I feel bad for them. So, I got my little brother and my little sister here with me.”
“When you get a group of siblings, you don’t want to separate them,” added Wooden.
Wooden decided to be a foster parent nine years ag,o knowing how important it is. According to Franklin County Children Services, more than 110,000 children nationwide are waiting for adoptive homes.
Wooden says she’s been a foster parent to the siblings for three years, and it was time to finalize the process.
“Now that they’re adopted, they’re mine. They’re not fosters, so they will be loved just like every other kid in the home,” says Wooden.
“The system could have cast us anywhere but they sent us to her,” says Daniel.
Franklin County Probate Judge Robert Montgomery says they deal with a lot of issues inside his courtroom. Some are happier times than others.
Montgomery said Wednesday is, “Truly one of the best days that we have here at the probate court. It’s all about making families and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Franklin County is actively looking for foster parents at this time. Tap here to learn more about becoming a foster parent.