An inside look at Adoption Day in Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE - November is National Adoption Awareness month. Here in Wisconsin--there are more than 7,000 kids waiting for a loving home.
It's the moment the Rodecap family has been waiting for. After fostering baby Noah for months, they are finally taking him home as their own.The Rodecap family is just one of 19 adoptions that took place Friday at Milwaukee County Children's Court. I
New mom Emily Rodecap says, "He just lights up his brother and sister, he giggles, he's just full of life and joy."
Several people spoke at the event, including Arlene Happach of the Bureau of Child Welfare and Judge Marshall Murray from Milwaukee County Children's Court.
Happach exclaimed, "I'm thankful there are people like you who open their hearts and their homes to kids in need."
Several high profile adoptees shared their personal stories, including Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern. Lovern expressed, "I can tell you how there have been times in my adult life when I have reflected how things could have been drastically different for me were it not for the decision by two parents 41 years ago to take me home."
It's a big day for little Noah, and his 'new' dad Steve has a message for others looking into the adoption process. "When you really start to do and go through it, and see all the children in need, it's just... It's very rewarding."
Children's Service Society of Wisconsin has finalized the adoption of more than 170 Milwaukee foster kids this year.