New families are formed Friday in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By the end of today some coast kids will have a permanent place to call home. The 8th Chancery Court in Harrison County is observing Adoption Day.

Several adoptions will take place behind closed doors at the courthouse. Formal proceedings in any adoption care are closed to the public. Chancery Judge Margaret Alfonso will preside over the hearings.

Judge Alfonso, who began participating in National Adoption Day in 2004, said, " There is nothing more satisfying than placing a child permanently in a loving, stable home."

Some of the adopting families have previously provided foster care to the children. Following the formal adoption, there will be a public celebration in courtroom number three.

WLOX News will be there for that celebration and we'll share some of the festivities with you later today on WLOX News and

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