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Updated Nov 22, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Maricopa County celebrates National Adoption Day

PHOENIX — Maricopa County officials are gearing up for a weekend event
celebrating National Adoption Day.

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Durango Juvenile Court Center at
3131 W. Durango Street in Phoenix. The public is invited to attend.

The Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation said it will celebrate the adoption of 300 children.

Kelli Albertson of Gilbert is one person who is adopting. She is a single mom who works as a nurse at Banner Gateway Hospital and is adopting a 2-year-old boy named Aiden.

“I love children,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to foster. I didn’t necessarily want to adopt, but we fell in love with this little guy, and he’s in our hearts. We couldn’t imagine our life without him.”

Kelli already has two biological kids of her own and two other foster kids.

Her 15-year-old daughter, Kayli, is pretty excited to get a new baby brother tomorrow.

“I really love him,” she said. “He’s crazy sometimes, but he’s just so cute and he’s welcomed in the family all of the time. I love having a baby brother.”

The adoption event is slated to include cake and ice cream, a visit from the Phoenix
Suns gorilla mascot, games and plenty of activities for kids.

Maricopa County judges, commissioners and court staff are volunteering at the

Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Colleen McNally said anyone interested in adopting a child should stop by for information,
watch an adoption hearing and take part in the festivities.

National Adoption Day raises awareness for the more than 100,000 children nationwide who are waiting for a good home.

KTAR’s Bob McClay contributed to this report.


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