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New families celebrate National Adoption Day

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The courthouse in Cumberland County welcomed families on Friday to take part in a National Adoption Day celebration.

The event was organized by various family service organizations in Cumberland County.

For new parents and grandparents like Lucille Gray, the special day took on a whole new meaning with the adoption of her grandson Eric.

"This is my 61st birthday and it's the best birthday ever because I adopted my grandson today. It means a lot to me, he's such a blessing to me and I'm very happy, very happy," said Gray.

Families participated in the official adoption ceremony in the courtroom. After the ceremony, the new families enjoyed some quality time at a reception at the courthouse.

For family division officials, placing children in safe and loving households is a top priority.

"It gives the children a permanent place to live with families that are going to take care of them and provide a stable home environment for children for the rest of their lives," said Family Division Manager Jason Corter.

As part of the National Adoption Day celebration, 31 children were adopted in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, including eight children adopted by five families in Bridgeton.

"I'm just very happy to have him in my life and he keeps me very busy but it's a happy busy," said Gray.

National Adoption Day is a part of National Adoption Month throughout the country.

The new families are looking forward to their lives together.

"He's such a good boy, he's so loving, such a happy boy," said Gray. "It's fun to be around him, it's amazing the things he does and you know, we get along good."

National Adoption Month will continue the remainder of November.

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