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The Williamson County Courthouse will take part in the National Adoption Day celebration on Friday

A person holding sign that reads spirit of adoption
Annika Marek-Barta

18 children in foster care will have their adoptions finalized Friday at the Williamson County Courthouse in Marion, joining 10 youth in care at a similar event at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago and families at more than 400 courthouses across the country to celebrate National Adoption Day.

Williamson County Circuit Court Judge Amanda Gott, Illinois DCFS and private agency staff will be on hand for the event.

Last fiscal year, 1,813 Illinois children were adopted into permanent families.

Today, there are over 20,600 youth in care waiting for a family and a place to call home.

To learn more about some of them, visit the Heart Gallery of Illinois web page.

As a news producer and news anchor on All Things Considered, Brad provides the listeners with a recap of the day's top local and state news as well as breaking news at any given time.