Hennepin County Celebrates National Adoption Day

November 17, 2018 11:01 PM

In Minnesota, 820 children are waiting to be adopted, but dozens of them found permanent homes in the Twin Cities Saturday. The celebration was part of National Adoption Day.

Andrea Atkinson said she always wanted to be a mom. She got her wish Saturday and adopted 4-year-old twin boys.


"It just kind of happened. Everything just fell into place. I found out about them in April, that they were waiting for a home, and by June, they were living with me," said Atkinson.

Timothy and T'Shaun officially became Atkinson's sons in front of a judge at the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center.

"They are wild. They are exactly what you would expect 4-year-olds to be," said Atkinson.

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The boys had a lot of new family members and friends in the courtroom.

"Thank you to all of the families. Not only the people who are actually adopting, but also their extended families, who welcome in the kids and become a part of that community that helps them care for our kids," said Melissa Sherlock, Hennepin County Human Services program manager.

Twenty-two families adopted 38 children in Hennepin County on National Adoption Day this year.

"They have stepped up. They have cared for kids that have had abuse, neglect, trauma histories, that have been in foster care, that couldn't return home to their birth parents," said Sherlock.

"I always thought I was going to end up with a teenage girl, so the fact that I have two 4-year-old boys is kind of amazing," said Atkinson.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering a child, 151 children and teens still haven't found a permanent home in Hennepin County. The next foster care and adoption information meeting is Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hennepin County Library.

In 2017, 172 adoptions were finalized in the county. By the end of 2018, officials expect more than 200 teens, children and infants will have their adoptions finalized.

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