TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- It’s National Adoption Month and to celebrate, Indiana courtrooms have opened their doors to the media to capture the moment families lives change forever.
Twenty families in Tippecanoe County met before Judge Sean Persin Tuesday to finalize their adoption process.
Jon and Kirsten Nagy welcomed their sons, 8-year-old Zachary Eric Nagy and 10-year-old Michael Nagy to the family. Zachary said he’s excited to have a permanent home.
“It was my first time getting adopted and I'm happy to be with this nice and good family and I can tell they're going to take really good care of us,” said Zachary.
Zachary and his brother Michael have lived in other foster homes before. They said this home was different.
“Nice people, pets and stuff... an actual home,” said Michael.
Jon and Kirsten have fostered the brothers for nearly nine months. They said they knew immediately the boys were their sons.
“They're really smart kids and they've got a lot of heart. Like the judge said, the sky is really the limit for them,” said Jon.
Indiana Adoption Program is a branch of the Department of Children's Services. In honor of National Adoption Month, Vanessa Dove, a recruiter with Indiana Adoption, said the program has been traveling to courtrooms across the state to celebrate this special day with families.
“It's usually a somber occasion when you're going to court. So today, seeing that joyous, that celebration, I think it’s really what makes a difference of today versus any of the other days in the year,” said Dove.
Dove said the program was created to bring awareness to adoption being an option for parents who want kids. One thing Indiana Adoption particularly focuses on is getting older youth in homes.
“When a lot of people think of adoption they only think of babies and infants, which is a big thing we're trying to overcome because there's so many kids in care, especially older youth, that are looking for homes and families,” said Dove.
Dove said many kids still in the foster care system after age 14 will often ask Indiana Adoption to find them a home.
The first step for parents interested in adopting is to visit this website and make the inquiry. From there, Indiana Adoption Program receives the information request and recruiters will send interested adoption parents further information.