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15 kids adopted into forever homes in Halloween-themed ceremony

15 Halloween-themed children adopted in forever homes

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The trick was to give treats only 15 children adopted before Halloween.

This unique event was held at Jacksonville’s Duval County Courthouse on Friday, October 29. According to the Family Support Services of North Florida Inc. media advisory, eleven families were present at the Halloween-themed legal proceedings.

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Festive décor was placed around the courtroom, including Halloween banners, spider webs, eyeball balloons, paper mache jack-o-lanterns, candy buckets and not-so-scary cutouts.

Contrary to other adoption ceremonies, which typically demand a suit and tie or other professional attire for ceremony purposes, the courts allowed costumes in order to be seen by children.

Shyla was 8 years old when she wore a police costume with her brother and received the honorary title of “honorary Bailiff” that day. Family Support Services of North Florida said that Shyla’s adoption was completed the same day when daycare owner Angie Sheppard became her mom. Others attended the event in ninja, wizard, and cowboy costumes.

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Angie Sheppard and her two sons welcome 8-year-old Shyla into their family. The new family unit posed for a picture with Judge Michael Kalil, who presided over the Halloween-themed adoption ceremony.

Judge Michael Kalil presided at the ceremony. He stated that it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to supervise adoptions all year and witness the extraordinary moments for new families joining together. Because of all of the holidays they can take part in, many children enjoy this time of year.

“I hope we’ve been able to bring that same level of happiness to the 15 children and 11 families we’ve brought together at today’s Home for Halloween event,” he added.

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Family Support Services of North Florida estimates that there are around 2,000 children living in their care across Duval County and Nassau County.

Over 1,200 children live in out-of home care, and over 250 remain in foster homes awaiting adoption.

“As an adoptive parent myself, I know how impactful this day was for both the children and their forever families,” said Jenn Petion, the president and CEO at Family Support Services of North Florida. These memories will be treasured by everyone who was there.

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FSSjax.org is a website that provides information to families looking to provide their homes for a Duval County, Nassau County child. 

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