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Adoption Day ceremony to be held today in Watertown

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Adoptions of three 2-year-old children will take place today through the Jefferson County Department of Social Services, in honor of National Adoption Day.

The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will take place in the Jefferson County Court building, 163 Arsenal St., where Jefferson County Family Court Judge Richard V. Hunt will officiate. Steven E. Barker, supervisor of the Social Services adoption/home-finding unit, said the ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the caregivers for providing permanent homes for children.

“We can always use more foster and adoptive parents,” he said. “It’s a very difficult job; it’s not an easy thing to do. We’re continually working with families. We couldn’t do this without them.”

During the ceremony, Tracy L. Stephenson will talk about her experiences as a foster and adoptive parent, and county Board of Legislators Chairwoman Carolyn D. Fitzpatrick, R-Watertown, will read an Adoption Day proclamation.

Once each adoption is official, there will be an introduction of families, gifts presented to the new families and a light reception.

Children who go through the adoption process with the Family Court system have been neglected or abused previously, Mr. Barker said.

So far this year, 15 children have been adopted in Jefferson County, and at least six more will be adopted by year’s end.

Throughout the year, foster-parent services are provided through the Department of Social Services, the House of the Good Shepherd and the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.

For more information, call Social Services at 785-3337, the House of the Good Shepherd at 782-8064 or the Children’s Home at 788-7430.

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