NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Dozens of children in New York City are smiling Thursday like they never have before.
All of them were officially adopted during special ceremonies.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Mayor De Blasio Says NYC Is On Track To Vaccinate Half A Million New Yorkers Per Week
November is National Adoption Month, to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families and to support children and youth in foster care.
Thursday, 37 adoptions were finalized at Brooklyn family court as part of the national awareness campaign.
There are about 8,300 children in New York City in foster care, according to the Administration for Children’s Services. Last year, 799 were adopted.READ MORE: NYPD: Good Samaritan Killed, 3 Hurt In Stabbing Linked To Illegal Brooklyn Gambling Den
Every parent CBSN New York’s John Dias spoke with Thursday told him it’s the best feeling in the world, giving a child a home.
“There are so many kids out there who need love and a chance and someone to support them. A lot of kids out there. And teens, they need that. They need good people,” said Schela Brun of Bayside.
“I wasn’t going to let him go back into the system. We fell in love with him and need to help him and give him a better life,” said Maria Saldana of Woodhaven.MORE NEWS: 2nd Former Aide Accuses Gov. Andrew Cuomo Of Sexual Harassment, Governor Requests Independent Review
If you live in New York City and you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, you can call 311 or contact the WISH Line at 877-676-WISH (9474).