adoption

Ring the bells: 8 forever families created on the plaza

Nov. 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM ET

There are currently more than 100,000 children in foster care in this country, dreaming of adoptive homes. But on Thursday, 12 children became parts of families forever when their adoptions were finalized live on TODAY. This special event was a part of the week-long "Choosing Adoption" series

After Judge Walsh Hood declared all 12 children legally members of their respective new families, each child rang a bell 12 times (some with help from their new parents) in celebration of the milestone moment. 

Video: Watch as new families are created on the TODAY plaza, where a judge finalizes the adoption of 12 children live.

Here are photos of the new forever families, welcoming their new loved ones.

Nicholas with his new family.
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Nicholas, 1 1/2, with his new family.


Verssy and Veeda with their new family.
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Verssy, 11, and Veeda, 7, with their new family.
Thailique, 11, with his new family.
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Thailique, 11, with his new family.
Brothers Cerrah and Cebven with their new family.
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Brothers Cerrah, 4, and Cebven, 4, with their new family.
Chase surrounded by his big new family, the McIntyres.
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Chase, 1/1/2, surrounded by his big new family, the McIntyres.
Jeffrey, 5, and Jada, 4, were adopted by a loving family today.
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Jeffrey, 5, and Jada, 4, were adopted by a loving family today.
Gregory, 9, with a member of his new family.
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Gregory, 9, with a member of his new family.


Emmaline and Gretchen are embraced by their new parents.
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Emmaline, 8 months, and Gretchen, 8 months, are embraced by their new parents.




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