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Record number of local adoptions on National Adoption Day

Posted at 12:48 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 13:48:57-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County's Adoption Day Celebration took place Friday at Milwaukee County Children's Court as dozens of children prepared to be adopted into their forever homes.

Samantha and Cameron Lins officially adopted Aleksander into family Friday, just in time for the holidays and one month before his second birthday.

“No more court dates, no more appointments, home visits and things like that. [Now] we can kind of work on being a family and doing the things we need to do together,” Samantha Lins said.

The Lins have two little girls of their own and adopted Aleksander’s older sister, Adrienne, about three years ago —the couple said they always dreamed of bringing the siblings together and dad is looking forward to adding a little more testosterone to their home.

“Finally we’re not outnumbered anymore. Well, we’re still outnumbered, but it’s better than 4 to 1,” Cameron Lins laughed.

Little Aleksander isn’t the only one finding his forever home. 30 kids were placed with 24 families — the most ever in the county on adoption day.

“These kids and these families look they look at this as like a giant Christmas gift. We have this family and we get to be together forever,” Sarah Rutz, a foster care specialist, said.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families reports more than 600 children were adopted from foster care in Wisconsin last year, but at any given time as many as 7,000 children are in the foster care system in Wisconsin —that’s why there’s an incredible need for loving and selfless adoptive parents like the Lins'.