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Jennifer and Eric Sands of Illinois hug their adopted son Issaac, 12, as he arrives from the Congo at Dulles International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015,  Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Hundreds of Valley families plan to adopt children on National Adoption Day

Jennifer and Eric Sands of Illinois hug their adopted son Issaac, 12, as he arrives from the Congo at Dulles International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, Dulles, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

PHOENIX — Hundreds of families throughout the Valley will welcome new members to their homes the weekend before Thanksgiving.

National Adoption Day is Saturday and 280 families plan to finalize adoptions at the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Jill Silva said she will be there with her family to adopt a 1-year-old boy named Malachi.

“We are so excited we are going to be celebrating with hundreds of kids on that day that are getting adopted,” Silva said. “We wanted not only to celebrate the adoption of Malachi but to celebrate with all of the other kids that are finding their forever homes.”

Malachi will be the second child Silva and her family have adopted. She said she hopes National Adoption Day encourages others in the Metro Phoenix area to consider adopting one of the thousands of Arizona children living in foster homes.

“Open up your heart and your life,” she said. “If you’ve got love to give then that is enough for any kid that is looking for a home.”

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