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Ceremony for adoptive parents, their children was family affair
"I am very grateful for all the work that you do to provide loving homes to each and every New Hampshire child," Gov. Hassan told those in attendance. "I guess it goes without saying, but we can't say it enough, that every child has the right to belong to a loving family. We all know how important a stable family life is to our children's futures, we all now how important adoption is to cause. When we empower each and every child, each and every individual, we all get stronger."
In New Hampshire, between October 2012 and September 30, 2013, 110 adoptions were finalized. Of those, 32 children were adopted by relatives.
"I don't want any children aging out of our system without developing a healthy adult connection," she said. "I'm pleased to see so many of you here today, to recognize Adoption Awareness Month and to promote the cause of children waiting for families here in New Hampshire."
"It really has been an honor to be at this event over the last six years," said Toumpas. "I am an adoptive father, and my daughter was five months old to the day when she first came into my arms. She is now 26 years old and knows everything in the world. Thank you to all the adoptive parents here today. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to the children and families that need us the most."
Carol Boudreau, a grandmother from Nashua, was recognized during the ceremony and served as guest speaker. She spoke about her own journey — and the struggles she faced — trying to adopt her granddaughter Cameron as her daughter. Boudreau said the long legal process she faced recently ended with her adopting the child as her own.
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