Several hundred adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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azfamily.com

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 17 at 5:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Saturday was National Adoption Day. A day where a group of professionals get together to cross the "T's" and dot the "I's," so kids can be a part of a loving family.
 
“We are finalizing 332 adoptions, up from 320 last year, so it's a five percent increase. We have 42 judges who have volunteered their time to come out here today to help celebrate with these families,” said Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Aimee Anderson.
 
Lisa and Dave Battin are one of those couples welcoming a new addition to their family. A 10-year-old boy named Roman.
 
“What do you think buddy, you're ours, you're all ours,” commented Lisa after a judge said their adoption is now legal.
 
Along with being an orphan, Roman has a set of other difficulties. He has cerebral palsy and autism. While National Adoption Day brings awareness to foster kids, Roman's story reminds everyone that kids with special needs need a home too.
 
“Do it, there are so many kids, so many kids,” said Lisa.

Standing next to Lisa, Dave mentioned he too was adopted so it just seemed like a natural thing to do.
 
So far, National Adoption Day has helped around 40,000 kids move from foster care to a forever family.

Roman is just one more lucky child.

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