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Baltimore Families Receive The Present Of Parenthood On National Adoption Day

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Dozens of Baltimore families will have new members at the table for Thanksgiving Day. This weekend, courts around the country celebrated National Adoption Day.

Gigi Barnett explains there are still thousands of children looking for homes.

Rashaun and Konu Bradley-Bell always wanted to be parents.

After 19 years, a Baltimore City judge added Shawn and Aliya to their family this weekend–just in time for the holiday.

The Bradley-Bells joined dozens of other families this week who received the present of parenthood on National Adoption Day. Every year the celebration falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

“What is so amazing to me is not only are the children happy and thankful, these families are thankful. They were celebrating downstairs that they were going to go home with new family members,” said Erika Slater, Baltimore City Adoption Day chair.

It’s the eighth year of Adoption Day in Baltimore City and over the years more than 3,000 children have been adopted.

Slater says for some families it’s not an easy task.

“It’s not an easy process. It is a long process and sometimes it can be heartbreaking if it doesn’t work out for them because they become immediately attached to these children,” Slater said.

For the Bradley-Bells — who already adopted 2-year-old Israel a few months ago — it worked.

And Thanksgiving will never be the same.

“We are very thankful. Very thankful. Just full of our family traditions coming together and some new traditions,” said RaShaun Bradley-Bell, new parent.

Organizers say National Adoption Day is also designed to bring attention to the 100,000 children around the country who are still looking for families.

Baltimore has more than 3,000 children in the foster care system. Many of them are teens.

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