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Foster kids find new home on Adoption Day

November 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
It will be a very special Thanksgiving for 130 Los Angeles youngsters who were adopted Friday on National Adoption Day.National Adoption Day started in Los Angeles County 13 years ago. Since then thousands of families have turned local foster children into adopted children, including Sex and the City actor Willie Garson, who adopted his 8-year-old son earlier this year.

"I had noticed that every actor you ever read about ran out of the country and came back with a child. There's so many kids right here. I liver here, so why don't I do that," said Garson.

L.A. County has the highest number of foster children in the nation, but thanks to programs promoted through National Adoption Day, those numbers have gone down from 50,000 in 1998 to a little under 19,000 today.

Most of these children have come from abusive environments, which is why the Gorzik family decided to adopt 5 siblings from a couple considered unfit by the county.

"They are considered transient. They were part of the foster system themselves growing up. It's a cycle. Their parents also were drug addicts." said Christina Gorzik.

They now have eight children to care for including three of their own, but they wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's just been a great experience and all the emotion is coming down to this day. It's for real. We're signing the papers. Officially they're part of our family," said an emotional Sean Gorzik.


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