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'Today I got adopted!' Heartwarming campaign celebrates 'forever families'

With so many children entering foster care annually, one non-profit organization is setting out to change its perception — and to help kids find permanent homes.

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Together We Rise celebrates foster care adoptions wiith photos, including this one taken by parents Susannah and Ben Steele.

Founded in 2008 by a group of college students, Together We Rise is a non-profit that aims to help youth navigate through the foster care system by providing resources, learning activities and support.

"Our principle focus is on improving the lives of foster children in the most compassionate and influential ways possible," executive director Gianna Dahlia told TODAY. "We aim to inspire children in foster care with the confidence that they need to succeed in daily life."

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To further promote awareness and celebrate sweet stories, the organization shares Instagram and Facebook photos of foster kids on their adoption day. In the pictures, the children pose with signs displaying how many days they spent in the foster care system before finding their "forever families."

"With so many negative stereotypes and news stories surrounding foster care, we wanted to highlight only the positive," Dahlia said.

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Volunteers and interns make up the advocacy team that, so far, has managed to assist over 60,000 kids in foster care.

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Melissa Anderson and her husband have seven children, including two young daughters (ages 4 and 2) and a 4-month-old baby boy adopted from foster care.

Melissa Anderson and her husband have adopted three foster care children — including one little girl, Jazmine, who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis just before her second birthday and underwent over a year of chemotherapy.

Six months in, Anderson was contacted by a Together We Rise representative, Danny, who was celebrating his 26th birthday by bringing 200 foster care children to Disneyland.

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Anderson's daughter, Jazmine, on the day of her adoption.

"It was a welcome break from our weekly chemo treatments, and a chance for Jazmine and the other children to relax and just be kids again," Anderson said. "It was amazing to see how the entire TWR team and the volunteers all came together to make this huge event possible. The smiles on the kids' faces were unforgettable."

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Anderson's daughter, Jazmine, in Disneyland with Danny from Together We Rise.

Anderson said the people behind the organization are "real and genuine" — and "100 percent committed to making the journey through foster care easier on the children."

"Foster care is often seen in a negative light, and I feel Together We Rise is helping people see fostering and adoption in a more positive way."

Take a look at some of the organization's other touching photos.

🐻💙😍🐧 #fosterlove

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"Ohana means family, family means no one gets left behind" <3 #fosterlove #adoption #fostercare

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We just ... Ya! Adorable ! Congrats on your adoption ! #fosterlove #fostercare #adoption

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We love getting these messages. Congrats !!! #fosterlove #fostercare #adoption

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These 3 have found their forever family with the Colbert's <3 #fosterlove #fostercare #togetherwerise

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Today their Adoption became official 😍💙🐻🐧 #fosterlove #fostercare #adoption

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"The most positive thing that can happen in foster care," Dahlia explained, "is a child getting adopted into a loving family."

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