Thanksgiving in America is a celebrated family day, but for fourteen children in Northeast Tennessee, it will be especially significant this year. They officially joined their forever families as part of National Adoption Day on Saturday in a special session of Chancery Court held in the Carter County Courthouse.
The children ranged in age from infants to teenagers. In some cases, siblings found forever homes together.
Families were invited to remain at the courthouse for a special celebration, including lunch, gifts for the children, entertainment, and even a visit from Santa Claus (aka Mr. Mickey) and Mrs. Claus. The party was hosted by the Clerk & Masters Office, which serves as the clerk for Chancery Court.
National Adoption Day is celebrated each year in November and serves to raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent and loving families. The average wait for a child in foster care to be adopted is nearly three years. Each year, more than 23,000 children turn 18 and age out of the foster care system without a family or permanent home.
My Mrs. Claus look of the day included over the knee boots by Vince Camuto and layers to keep me warm and dry on a cold rainy day. The vest was a long-ago Christmas gift from Mr. Mickey.