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Cook County families are growing as part of National Adoption Day

Saturday is National Adoption Day, a collaborative effort to raise awareness of the number of children who need homes forever. To celebrate this, the Circuit Court of Cook County held a special ceremony on Friday.

Saturday is National Adoption Day, a collaborative effort to raise awareness of the number of children who need homes forever. To celebrate this, the Circuit Court of Cook County held a special ceremony on Friday.

There we met the newly founded Ramirez family from Rosemont. The grandmother of three little siblings is now their mother, having officially adopted the children at ages 8, 7 and 5.

“I just said that I do it every day. I do it. I do it. I’m a grandma, but I can do it. I could be a mother again,” said Juanita Fuentes after the process complete.

Your son and the children’s uncle will help with their upbringing.

“I don’t have my own. I treat them like my own and they are the best thing that has ever happened to me,” said Dominic Ramirez.

They were one of three families whose adoption was complete when the Circuit Court of Cook County gave us an infrequent peek into the courtroom to encourage further adoptions.

“There is no more selfless act than opening a home and heart to a foster child through adoption,” said Sanjay Tailor, acting presiding judge for the county division.

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A well-known person who raises their awareness for adoption is Marcus Lemonis, a businessman and television personality who has been adopted. He says we spend so much time promoting pet adoption but not human adoption.

“I want adoption to be the first choice or a free choice. Not the alternative to your inability to have a child,” Lemonis said.

Cook County judges, attorneys, and more used zoom and other technology to keep adoption going during the pandemic. But it is estimated that there are 120,000 children in the US waiting to be adopted.

“There are so many children out there who just want to be loved,” said Juanita Fuente as she encouraged other foster parents to become adoptive parents.

We asked their new children Alexis, Madelyn, and Johnny Jr. how they are feeling now that the adoption is complete.

Everyone just said “happy”.

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