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National Adoption Day breaks record in Anchorage

By Heather Hintze 12:53 AM November 16, 2013

Friday, 36 kids were officially welcomed into their forever families

ANCHORAGE – Anchorage celebrated National Adoption Day with a record-breaking number of kids going to their forever families.

For Jim and Melissa Keen it was a dream come true.

“It means a lot. I’ve always wanted to be a dad. Now I’m a dad of five children and it’s really an awesome feeling,” Jim said.

Melissa agreed. “The one thing I’ve always wanted to be is a mom and it’s the greatest feeling in the world,” she said.

Friday, they welcomed their fifth child, 17-month-old Jeremiah. He joins his biological siblings Rhonda, Carson and Junior, and the Keen’s first adopted daughter, Abby.

“We want to give them lots of love and make sure there’s a roof over their head, clothes on their back, food on the table. Just give them lots of love,” Jim said.

They weren’t the only ones with a lot of love to go around. More than a dozen moms and dads became forever families to 36 kids Friday; there have been 50 adoptions in November altogether. The Office of Children’s Services said there are still 54 kids that are legally ready to be adopted as well.

“I’m just glad there were so many that could find families and I hope more people will get involved by seeing this and be inspired to reach out to other kids,” Melissa said.

Jim and Melissa said they might even add one more to their growing group, but for now they’re happy to be the loving parents of five wonderful and silly kids.

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