Adoption,Foster care

Butler County adoption day brings smiles

November 20, 2016

BUTLER COUNTY It was organized chaos at the Butler County historic courthouse Saturday morning as 22 children, all shapes and sizes, ginned from ear to ear while their parents adopted them. Each year on National Adoption Day Probate Judge Randy Rogers — this year he tag-teamed the cases with Magistrate Heather Cady — presides over the most important day in a foster kid’s life. Richard and Christina Bennett of Liberty Twp. adopted three children — Isaiah, 9, William, 8 and Abigail, 6. That brings their brood up to eight Bennetts and another foster child; plus they were headed later in the day to the hospital to pick up a foster baby, a two-month-old boy. A couple of former foster kids were also in attendance. “You either complain about the world or you do something about it,” the dad said. “I choose to do something about it.” This was the second largest group of adoptions the judge has ever done at one time — last year there were 24 on National Adoption Day — and this year is projected to tie last year with the largest total number of adoptions seen in recent years at 83. Children Services Adoption Supervisor Theresa Cooper said there were 56 adoptions in 2014 and 51 the year before. She said another phenomenon beginning to look like a trend is the number...

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