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67 children adopted by 45 families Thursday

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Clark County Family Court was extremely busy Thursday morning as 67 children had their adoptions finalized to 45 families during the county's 11th annual Adoption Day event.

November is National Adoption Month.

"Oftentimes children will be placed in a foster home that will eventually decide to adopt them once it's determined they can't return home," said Judy Tudor of the Department of Family Services.

The children adopted Thursday were between 23 months and 17 years old, according to Tudor.

Elsewhere, Catholic Charities has placed more than 2,000 children with adoptive parents since it's opened its doors more than 70 years ago.

"The right circumstance will come up at the right time, and you'll know that child was meant to be with you," said Director of Adoption Services Kimberly Boothe.

Catholic Charities mainly deals with newborns, and new parents, in most cases, aren't allowed to handpick their child.

For Michelle and Joshua Cools, who adopted their son Jake through the charity, it meant being open to any race, age and even the possibility of drug exposure.

"If you just open your heart, it's amazing how that can just be a part of the story," said Michelle Cools.

The couple was surprised how quickly the process was to add Jake to their family.  It only took them a little more than three months.

"I just started crying and saying, 'I'm not ready for this! 'I'm not ready for this!'" said Michelle Cools. "But once I held him in my arms, it was all over."

Nov. 17 is National Adoption Day.

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