Foster care,Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Judge makes dozens of Allegheny County families official on National Adoption Day

November 20, 2016

Updated 5 hours ago Kelsey Schneck perched atop a courtroom table in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, wearing a black flowered dress, munching on crackers and giggling while the adults around her took care of historic business. Her foster parents, Tricia and Tony Schneck, were about to become her permanent parents in an adoption hearing at Allegheny County Children's Court. Tricia Schneck, of Shaler, wept as she vowed to love, educate and support Kelsey, who is 28 months old. “On behalf of children all over the world, particularly those in our county, I would like to say: thank you so much and God bless the two of you,” Judge Kim Berkeley Clark of Allegheny County Court, Family Division, told the new parents after finalizing the adoption. The courtroom full of family and friends erupted in applause. In commemoration of National Adoption Day, Kelsey and 44 other children on Saturday became members of a permanent family in Allegheny County. They ranged in age from 9 months to 14 years and celebrated in the county's Family Law Center, bedazzled by caricaturists, balloon artists and...

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