Judge Stephen Brown’s courtroom was packed Friday afternoon for the National Adoption Day ceremony.
Seven children were adopted into six families from across Grays Harbor.
“This is one of the few things we get to celebrate,” Brown said.
Courthouses across the state held similar events. Newly expanded families were welcomed and cheered after each adoption.
“The National Adoption Day is a celebration of the families who step forward to adopt the children out of foster care,” Brown said. “It can be through relative placement or other foster care parents. But as more kids are adopted, unfortunately, more kids come in. So we are always looking for new families to adopt kids.”
This was the 15th year that National Adoption Day was celebrated by courts across the state.
Across Washington, more than 10,000 children are in foster care.
More than 2,100 children have “legally lost their parents forever and are waiting to be adopted into permanent families,” according to a proclamation from the Grays Harbor Commission.