It’s been said that the holidays are a time for families to come together.
In Cassopolis on Tuesday four families officially got the chance.
Six foster children are now permanently adopted and part of a family. In Cass County it was the eleventh annual Adoption Day.
Although adoptions happen throughout the year the statewide Adoption Day is a way to highlight the importance of adopting a child that a parent may have surrendered or one that's in the foster system.
During the adoptions four families stood before a judge for the official proceedings.
Three of families were fostering children from the time they were just infants.
Although some families foster with the intent of eventually adopting, that's not always the case.
“She's special,” says Tracy Way. “We have three other kids that are ours and when we started foster care we weren't planning on adopting but when we met Sophia, there's just something special about her.”
“We were gonna travel,” explains Faith Horton, who adopted her two granddaughters. “There were lots of thing we were gonna do, but we're just doing it differently now.”
In Michigan there are about 13,000 children in the foster care system and 2,300 were adopted last year.