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Record Number of Local Children Find “Forever Families” on National Adoption Day

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Judges in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties officially united 66 children with their new parents during adoption ceremonies on Nov. 16, setting a local record for National Adoption Day. Fourteen children were adopted in Osceola County.

“Our kids and families are excited for this day because it means a new start,” said Glen Casel, president and CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF), the lead agency overseeing foster care and adoption services locally. “Children yearn to feel safe and loved, and we’ve helped nearly 3,000 children find those families since our inception in 2004.”

CBCCF hopes National Adoption Day will remind people about the number of children who still need permanent, loving homes. There are 115 children across the tri-county area currently in foster care and available for adoption.

To learn more about foster parenting or adoption, prospective families can visit www.ProtectandInspire.org.