DeKalb celebrates adoptions; encourages older child adoption - CBS46 News

DeKalb celebrates adoptions; encourages older child adoption

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

When Kanye Jordan, 9, arrived at the DeKalb County Courthouse Monday, years of uncertainty in the state's foster care system came to an end. With a judge's signature, foster mom Beverly Jordan officially became Kanye's mother. 

Kanye, who was placed in five different foster homes, said he no longer has to worry about bouncing from home to home without notice.

"I love him and I can't let him go," said Beverly Jordan, who initially brought Kanye into her home as a temporary placement before deciding to adopt him.   

Kanye was one of 20 children adopted during DeKalb County's celebration of National Adoption Day Monday. 

Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry said the event celebrates families of all kinds and raises awareness of the need for families willing to adopt older children.

According to the National Adoption Day website, more than 100,000 children across the country and nearly 1,600 in Georgia are waiting to be adopted. Many of the children are 9 years or older which makes them more difficult to adopt. 

"Many people when they're adopting, they want babies," said DeBerry. "We are starting to see some increases in adopting adolescent age children which is a good thing because these children need the love of a family." 

Tyler Walker, 15, said he believes more adults don't adopt older children like him because of misconceptions about children in foster care.

"Most of them aren't bad at all. There are some that have troubles with their past," Tyler said. He went on to say prospective parents can make all the difference in a child's life.

Maurice Walker, Tyler's father, said adopting an older child as a single dad has been a blessing. 

"Tyler brought closure to my life. I wanted a child but I didn't think it'd be in the cards for me," he said.  

To view the children who are available for adoption in Georgia, visit http://itsmyturnnowga.com.

To view the children who are available for adoption across the country, visit http://adoptuskids.org/.

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