The kids in the photos below spent days, months, and even years in foster care. Some weren't sure if they would ever have a family. Then came the most spectacular event -- their adoption day!
On any given day in the United States, there are roughly 415,000 children in the foster care system. The majority were removed from their birth parents by Child Protective Services, while others were relinquished as babies. Some are orphans. Sadly, about 20,000 children every year age out of foster care without ever being adopted.
Those facts make photos like these all the more special. The looks on the faces of these kids and their new families say it all. See for yourself!
This little lady was just adopted this week! Look at that toothy grin.
Only one day earlier, this cutie was adopted. Coincidentally, November is National Adoption Month!
These brothers were lucky to be adopted by the same family. More than 20 percent of kids in the foster care system have at least one sibling who also needs to be adopted.
What a super kid! I bet his new family was smiling just as big.
Baby Mia's mom and dad were so excited, they couldn't stop dancing.
There's so much love in this photo.
And so much silliness in this one! It takes a bit of both to build a family.
This kid couldn't be prouder of his new last name.
What a good-looking bunch! I can't tell who looks the happiest.
This stylish family is already color-coordinating like pros.
This mighty little girl is ready to march into the courtroom and get adopted!
Everyone came out to welcome this little fellow into the family. Congratulations, all!
These pictures are seriously the best. Do you have an adoption day story? Let us know in the comments!