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Spokane celebrates National Adoption Day

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Tamika Davenport, with her adopted child DeMarcea, and her biological son. Tamika Davenport, with her adopted child DeMarcea, and her biological son.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Every year across the U.S., more than 20,000 foster children age out of the foster care system without ever finding a permanent home. Friday, November 21, is National Adoption Day. It's a day aimed at helping raise awareness to help kids get adopted.

At the Spokane County Courthouse, adoptions were done all day in celebration. For the Jorgensens, the decision to make their family of six a family of seven was an easy one. 

"I told them that I preferred an infant because I wanted a baby to love. 10 minutes later they called me and told me they had a baby," said adoptive parent Sarah Jorgensen. They have two of their own girls, and adopted two young boys in March. They say it was an exciting an joyful day for them.

For the Davenport family, today was a day that has been a long time coming. Adoptive parent Tamika Davenport says she's most excited "Just to have this all over with and have him be official." Two-year-old DeMarcea has lived with her since he was just 10 days old. She took him in after a phone call from her good friend. 

"His mom called and asked me if I would take him, and I said I would," she explained. "He's been here ever since." DeMarcea's older brother Terrius and older sister Nevaeh live with relatives, but being adopted by a family friend allows the siblings to see each other at least weekly.

Despite different paths for the Jorgensens and the Davenports, today is a happy ending for both families.

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