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Dozens of foster children united with forever families in Cumberland County

Posted November 18, 2016 6:49 p.m. EST
Updated November 18, 2016 6:52 p.m. EST

— There are more than 100,000 children in foster care across the country. The average wait time for one of these children to be adopted is three years, but for nearly 40 children in Cumberland County, the wait ended Friday.

Every year, dozens of Cumberland County families come together for the Forever Families event.

"It's been almost a three-year journey, but it's all been worth it," said April McPhaul. "It's overwhelming to put into words. That he is forever ours is just so special to us."

During last year's event, the Clerk of Court's office united 34 foster children with 23 families.

Saturday is National Adoption Day. Since 2000, National Adoption Day has helped move 58,000 children out of foster care and into their forever family.