More than 2,200 Florida children and teens are waiting to be adopted. But seven of them aren't waiting anymore. November is National Adoption Month and in Bay County, we celebrated the occasion with the finalization of seven legal adoptions.
Ramonda Moore-Brown officially adopted her third child Friday, 7-month-old Jakyra.
“He had some hurdles to jump because he was born addicted. But love and prayer and just constantly loving on him and letting him feel that we’re his family, he has astounded everyone,” said Ramonda Moore-Brown.
On most days, the courtroom at the Juvenile courthouse is a somber place. Reading a poem, Judge Shonna Young-Gay says this is one of the brightest hearings she presides over.
“For us to have each other is like a dream come true. No, I didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you,” said Shonna Young-Gay as she recited a poem verse.
Eighteen-year-old Terry Scott was the oldest child adopted Friday.
“I actually have an idea of what it was like when no one really wanted me. And for someone to be like, I want you, is just overwhelming, really,” said Scott.
If you're interested in adoption or becoming a foster parent contact the Life Management Center at 850-624-3555.