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A Place to Call Home

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There are 250 children in Nebraska, that don't have a place to call home. Wards of the state, they're left waiting to see if they will get a family.

On Friday, as many families celebrated National Adoption Day, more are left waiting and wanting the missing piece -- a home.

Thirty-two children in Grand Island will be celebrating Christmas this year with their new families.  But 73 kids in Hall County will still be in foster care, hoping their Christmas wish will come true.

The Selden family keeps growing, first having five children of their own and then adopting four more. Two sets of adopted siblings, two years apart, they celebrated on Friday.

"It's a hallmark day really, it's almost like the finalization of the adoption, because it's tradition we had that with these and now were going here with these guys," said Kim Selden.

She said it takes patience to be a mom of nine, but the love is already there; something Judge Martin sees with every case.

Families giving up their children, so they can have a better chance and others adopting, changing their odds for the better.

"It's a nice tribute to the foster families that they're able to finalize a relationship that they've probably had in some cases for a year or two. It concludes it, it finishes it, it makes them legally parents and it's just a great day for both the parents and the kids," said Judge Philip Martin, Hall County Court.

Martin said it's an honor to work on adoption cases; it's the only time when both parties leave his courtroom in smiles.

More than 25,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.

But, there are still 123,000 kids across the country hoping next year it will be them.


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