BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Dozens of Kern County families adopted a child in foster care Friday.
It was part of Kern County’s 11th Annual Adoption Day celebration. Friday is National Adoption Day and it’s a day to raise awareness about adoptions.
It's a process that can take several years, but the journey to become foster parents came to a rewarding end for more than 40 families in Kern County Friday.
“It's exciting we finally get to realize this moment we've been waiting for so long for,” said Kurt Franklin.
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Human Services, there are 2,200 Kern County children in foster care and 1,700 of them are in and out of homes.
But Friday 41 adoptions were finalized in juvenile court.
“I feel blessed and awesome. I think it's wonderful to be able to have another grandson. I think it's wonderful my daughter and her husband wanted to adopt someone,” said David Larson.
Friday’s celebration was also a special day for the judges involved because it was a day to find forever homes for the children who need them most.
For more information on what it takes to become a foster parent or foster family resources http://www.co.kern.ca.us/dhs/