BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 8, 2015) – Sixty-eight children from Clermont County have new parents this year – adopted by “forever families” dedicated to bringing them love and stability.
Clermont County’s Children’s Protective Services (CPS) celebrated the adoptions at the 2015 Joy of Adoption ceremony, held Nov. 19 at the Bethel United Methodist Church.
More than 180 guests attended the ceremony, including Clermont County Juvenile Court Judge James Shriver and Domestic Court Judge Kathleen Rodenberg.
The children, who had previously been in foster care, ranged in age from 1 to 18. Several groups of siblings were adopted. By the end of 2015, Clermont County will have completed adoptions for 15 groups of siblings, including two groups of three siblings and two groups of four siblings.
Jockey Being Family, a corporate citizenship initiative of Jockey International dedicated to helping adoptive families stay together, donated personalized backpacks for each child. Adoptive parents also received family bag filled with resource materials from Jockey.
This was the 11th year of the Joy of Adoption ceremony.
“The Joy of Adoption ceremony is all about the children and their new families,” said Tim Dick, Deputy Director of CPS. “When these children and their parents light their candles together, it’s like putting a seal on this new family. We are so grateful that these families felt the call to make these children their own.”
(Photo above: Families gather at the church for the ceremony.)