New Family Members Made Official On National Adoption Day

Photo: Suzanne Sausville (WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — More than 100 adoptions took place in courthouses around Massachusetts Friday as families took part in National Adoption Day.

Several adoptions were made official at the Boston Municipal Court, where Governor Maura Healey addressed the 20-plus children and teens eagerly awaiting their big moment.

"I see your beautiful and bright faces. You are so strong. You each have your own story. You’ve come through with a lot of resilience and perseverance," Healey said.

Jodie Roper and her family wore pins that read "Officially Family" as they welcomed young Kinslee to their clan. Jodie told WBZ NewsRadio that Kinslee's adoption was the end of a long journey.

"She’s been my baby since day one, but today’s official. I never knew I’d be so emotional," Roper said with tears in her eyes. "She's perfect."

Ellie Vining’s family took in one-and-a-half-year-old Trevor when he was 7 days old.

"We were very, very happy to be able to keep him forever," Vining said. She and her husband now have four kids—Rhodey (12), Annette (8), Billie (6), and Trevor. Any plans for a fifth?

"We have not talked about that yet, but we are out of bedrooms," Vining answered.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@WBZSausville) reports.

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