By: Ashley Harding
Dozens of children in need of adoption now have families to go home to this holiday season.
It's their first official family photo just in time for the holidays. As of Saturday, Mitch and Betty Nisly are no longer foster parents to 13-year old Domonique, 9-year old Eja, and 8-year old Maj. They're officially a family of 12.
"It's something we've been wanting to do for a couple of years and now it's final and everybody is just elated," said Betty Nisly.
"I have a family now and they're a loving one, too," said Maj Nisly.
In total, 61 children went home with families as part of Adoption Day. For these lucky kids, a new beginning wouldn't be complete without face–painting, ornament decorating, and even a new backpack.
Olivia Biggs with Health and Human Services says it's the largest Adoption Day event in more than 5 years. They say many more kids in Lancaster County need good homes.
"It could mean that they go through multiple placement changes, it could mean that they just don't ever get to find that forever family. I think that's what we're struggling a little bit with a few of these kids right now," said Biggs.
With courtroom filings and background checks, the adoption process can take some time. Those who've been there advise other parents to wait it out.
"Every kid deserves a permanent home and a family. They are our children and we are their parents and we are a family," said Betty Nisly.
"They need a roof over their head and someone to love them," said Mitch Nisly.
To learn more about adopting, you can get in touch with Health and Human Services.