Dozens of DC kids were taken off the list of children waiting for permanent homes today.
The Department of Child and Family Services held its 26th Annual Adoption Day Ceremony and finalized more than 20 adoptions.
Mark and Diane Williams of Oxon Hill have been taking care of two year old Mary since she was two months old. Today, she officially became their daughter.
"Mary is one of nine children that we have had in and out of our home as foster children, but the first one were able to adopt", Diane says. "She will be with us forever."
Mark Williams says the adoption process took nearly two years, but it was worth it.
"It's a lifetime commitment, but it's normal. She's my daughter, and I loved her from the moment I saw her." he says.
The annual event is held to celebrate new adoptions, and to encourage others to foster or adopt DC kids. Currently, there are 120 children in foster care waiting for permanent families.
If you're interested, the number for the DC Child and Family Services hotline is 202-671-LOVE (5683).
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