Six new families established on Adoption Day

November 22, 2016

(Photo: Trace Christenson/The Enquirer) Myah Parker left the courtroom with new parents, but she was more interested in a balloon and a candy sucker. The 18-month-old Battle Creek girl was one of six young people who were adopted Tuesday in public ceremonies in the Calhoun County Courthouse as part of Michigan Adoption Day. Across Michigan, 100 adoptions were completed in 29 counties as part of the annual effort to highlight the importance of adoptions and focus on the needs of children in foster care. More than 2,000 adoptions have been completed this year in the state and at the end of September 12,666 children were in foster care. The state has licensed 6,079 foster care homes this year. For Myah it was a day to officially belong to her forever family with her brother, Mar'rion, 6, and new parents Carroll and Rhonda Parker. The Parkers daughter lost custody of Myah and earlier, Mar'rion and the Parkers changed their retirement plans and became parents. "They were taken away (from my daughter)," Rhonda Parker said, "and we decided we would adopt them and keep them in our family. It really wasn't a choice...

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