26 Jackson County children adopted by 18 families - KCTV5

26 Jackson County children adopted by 18 families

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

On Friday, children in Jackson County were finding their forever homes with families who will love and care for them as their own.

The new families celebrated with a kids’ band, a cake and balloon animals.

Eighteen families adopted 26 Jackson County children, ranging in age from infants to teenagers.

It was a life-changing day for the parents, as well as the children transiting from a life in foster care to a permanent home.

The Coin family was so excited about their new baby, Easton, that they made t-shirts to welcome him. They spent more than a year as his foster parents before they adopted him.

“We knew as soon as we saw him he was going to be ours forever,” said Angel Coin, Easton's mother. “We got the call from him one night, and we went to the hospital and picked him up, and we've had him ever since.”

“He's just a happy kid,” said Steven Coin, Easton’s father. “Every kid needs a chance at life. So many kids get lost in the system, especially the older kids because they're 13 or 14. They end up in foster care forever, and they don't want to adopt an older kid.”

Family Service says there are more than 1,800 children in foster care in Jackson County. Nearly 500 of them have a goal of being adopted.

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