10 children adopted into forever families during special ceremony

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ten children became part of their forever families on Friday.

The Hamilton County Job and Family Services' had a mass adoption event to celebrate National Adoption Month.

The children range in age from 1-16. All are victims of abuse and neglect.

"These are children who have had difficult lives, but Friday marks the start of a wonderful new journey," said Moira Weir, director of the county's Job and Family Services department. "While they will have loved and known their adoptive parents for some time, Friday is the day it becomes official."

Here are the stories of the families who celebrated adoptions today:

Amanda Cress, a kindergarten teacher and single mom, adopted three girls – August, Autumn and Aubrey. The girls, ages 9, 8 and 6, fulfill her life-long wish of becoming a mom.

Memphis, 2, was adopted by his biological mom's cousin, Mary Barnett. He has been with her since he was a month old.

Tamika, 2, who was two months premature, was adopted by Christopher and Kathryn Fields. They adopted a 2-year-old once before, and their daughter is now 15 and happy to accept Tamika into their lives.

Jennifer Stone adopted her niece, Indonesia, who is 16. Jennifer looks forward to raising "Indo" as a strong woman and to teaching her about being grateful and giving back.

Liam was just six months old when he was placed with his foster parents, James and Kelly Sheldon. He's a happy, social 15 month old now who will become a permanent member of their family.

Mario, 12, and Manuel, 3, were adopted by Aimee Neville. Mario is on the honor roll and the goal keeper for his soccer team. Manuel is doing well in preschool and loves playing basketball. Amy works at an accounting firm and has two other children, but still finds time to coach the kids' soccer teams.

Skye, 8, loves to read and does well in school. She was adopted by her foster parents, Charlene and Kenneth Jamison. She has lived with them for more than two years.

"It is difficult making it through these emotional events with dry eyes," said Weir. "These children are so happy to finally have a permanent, loving home; it is very emotional and inspiring to be present. It means a lot to the caseworkers and others who have supported them, too. We deal with a lot of heartache and despair through the year, and this is a time when we get to put that aside and celebrate the power of family."

More than 400 children are still availalbe for adoption, the highest number in years.

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