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Massachusetts celebrates National Adoption Day

November 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — More than 100 children who had been in foster care in Massachusetts have been officially adopted in ceremonies at five courthouses across the state.

The adoptions of the 108 children ranging from babies to teenagers were completed Friday as part of the state’s celebration of National Adoption Day. The ceremonies took place at courthouses in Boston, Brockton, Hadley, Springfield and Worcester. Several families adopted more than one child.

In Boston, where 25 children were adopted by 20 families, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence spoke of the “enormous gift” of love the children are giving to their new families.

The state Department of Children and Families says more than 800 children in foster care still need permanent families, and parents don’t have to be married, wealthy or have a specific education or background to be considered.

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