40 children find homes on Nat’l Adoption Day
Forty children were officially adopted by Brooklyn families this week, just in time for Thanksgiving.
They celebrated National Adoption Day at the Brooklyn Family Courthouse.
Dorice Mata, who owns a day care center, adopted three siblings -- Max, Jason and Lily.
"When you're an only child growing up, you would love to have children around you," Mata says. "I always wanted a lot of brothers and sisters, so now this is my family."
With the help of the New York City Administration for Children's Services, officials say the adoption rate has increased.
"We are doing a huge amount of work to improve the adoption process and make it easier," says Julie Farber, the deputy commissioner of ACS.
The agency says it finalized 1,052 adoptions for the fiscal year of 2015.
In addition, more than 100,000 children are still waiting to become adopted across the United States in 2016.