Adoption focuses attention on need in state

November 8, 2016

Sheila Selman | The Goshen NewsThe Stahl family, now complete with Jake, poses with Magistrate Deborah Domine following adoption procedings. They are (front row from left) Lucas, Kylar and Angela; (back row) John, Jake, Tara, Revan and Domine. ELKHART -- As 13-year-old Jake walked into Elkhart County Magistrate Deborah Domine's court recently he was not only surrounded by family to witness his adoption, but the faces of many other children like him who need a family. Correction -- like what Jake used to be. On Nov. 4, he was adopted by Tara and John Stahl, Elkhart. His adoption by his aunt and uncle happened to fall during National Adoption Month. Officials from the Indiana Department of Child Services were on hand with their traveling exhibit, the HEART Gallery. The gallery features photos of "special" children in Indiana who are in need of adoption. "Special" means they are older than 2 years old, the age where their chances...

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