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Gulfport families celebrate National Adoption Day

The event was held to celebrate families who've chosen to adopt children. (Photo source: WLOX News) The event was held to celebrate families who've chosen to adopt children. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Although it was a couple of weeks early, a group of people gathered in Gulfport Friday to celebrate National Adoption Day, which is officially recognized on Nov. 21.

Youth Court Judge Margaret Alfonso helped organize the event to celebrate families who've chosen to adopt children.

"This event is in celebration of those families who have opened their hearts and homes to adopt a child through the Department of Human Services system," said Alfonso. "There are just wonderful families, wonderful children who are finally getting wonderful families and it's worthy of a huge celebration."

As part of the effort to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families in South Mississippi.

Michael Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport started the Rescue 100 program which is making a push to find 100 new licensed homes to accept foster children.

"Not every child who goes through our system is going to become eligible for adoption. Some of them just need placement for a short period of time," said Tony Karnes, Michael Memorial Baptist Church Pastor. "So there's all kinds of homes that are needed."

You can find more information about the Rescue 100 program by contacting Michael Memorial Baptist Church through its website MichaelMemorial.com. To learn more about the adoption process, call (228) 897-5790 or (228) 865-7000.

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