National Adoption Day celebrated in Lincoln

By: Megan Conway

Lancaster County held their Adoption Day celebration on Saturday. Thirty-five children were officially adopted into new families. James and Karri Hood adopted 2 children, Vander, who is 4, and Laila, who’s almost 3.

“They just came in and were just like one of ours from day one. They were a perfect fit in our family,” says Karri Hood.

The Hood’s say finishing the adoption process is a huge relief. All there was left today was a short hearing and a question–and–answer session before everything became official. Now, they say they’ve completed their family, but these are not the first children they have welcomed into their home.

“We’ve been foster parents for just over two years and we’ve had 11 children in our home, come and go in two years,” says Karri Hood.

The celebration included face painters, balloons, clowns, and food. Scheels also donated toys for each adopted child.

“Every kid gets a backpack full of goodies and there’s a video that we make with all the kids on and the video goes in their backpack, too,” says Meghan Svik, Children and Family Services supervisor.

“It’s the most exciting day of the year for us,” says Olivia Biggs, Children and Family Services supervisor.

The Children and Family Services supervisors say the adoption process is usually simple, but each case is different.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, just visit their website