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Debbie McGraw expresses emotion while holding her son (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Debbie McGraw expresses emotion while holding her son Joel, 2, during a ceremony hosted by the Nassau County Department of Social Services and Nassau County Family Court in which the adoptions of 13 children in foster care were finalized. (Nov. 18, 2013)

Adoption celebrated in Nassau

The adoptions of 13 children were formalized on Nov. 18, 2013, as the Nassau Department of Social Services and Nassau Family Court held a celebration marking National Adoption Day.

Judge Robin M. Kent assists Eleanor Haas-Colwell, 3,
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Judge Robin M. Kent assists Eleanor Haas-Colwell, 3, with signing her name on the finalization paperwork during a ceremony at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 18, 2013)

Debbie McGraw expresses emotion while holding her son
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Debbie McGraw expresses emotion while holding her son Joel, 2, during a ceremony hosted by the Nassau County Department of Social Services and Nassau County Family Court in which the adoptions of 13 children in foster care were finalized. (Nov. 18, 2013)

Shanea Soumakis, 9, of Seaford, smiles after receiving
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Shanea Soumakis, 9, of Seaford, smiles after receiving a large cake pop from Judge Edmund M. Dane during an adoption celebration at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 18, 2013)

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Stephanie Haas-Colwell, right, of West Hempstead, smiles at
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Stephanie Haas-Colwell, right, of West Hempstead, smiles at her daughter, Eleanor, 3, during a ceremony to complete the adoptions of 13 children in foster care and a celebration at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 18, 2013)

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