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Children's adoptions finalized at ceremony

Grace Mahlstedt, 6, is hugged by her mother

Grace Mahlstedt, 6, is hugged by her mother Susan at a ceremony hosted by Nassau County to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Childrens Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

A ceremony was held to finalize the adoptions of 20 children in foster care on Nov. 19. The ceremony, held on National Adoption Day, was hosted by Nassau County and held at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City.

Greg Tedeschi, of Farmingdale, kisses Laila, his newly
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Greg Tedeschi, of Farmingdale, kisses Laila, his newly adopted daughter, with wife Ann at a ceremony to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Newly adopted children Christine Quinn, 9, left, Noel,
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Newly adopted children Christine Quinn, 9, left, Noel, 5, Danielle, 7, and Christopher walk off the stage at a ceremony hosted by Nassau County to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Judge Edmund M. Dane, left, holds up newly
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Judge Edmund M. Dane, left, holds up newly adopted Laila Tedeschi, 1, from Farmingdale, with parents Greg and Ann behind her, at a ceremony to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Grace Mahlstedt, 6, is hugged by her mother
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Grace Mahlstedt, 6, is hugged by her mother Susan at a ceremony hosted by Nassau County to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Childrens Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Debbie McGraw, of Hempstead, cries as she holds
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Debbie McGraw, of Hempstead, cries as she holds her newly adopted children, Yolanda, 2, left, and Joel, 1 at a ceremony hosted by Nassau County to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Newly adopted Emil Buley-Neumar, 14, of Amityville, hugs
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Newly adopted Emil Buley-Neumar, 14, of Amityville, hugs his father Ken while his other father Rich, right, pats him on the back, during the Nassau County hosted ceremony to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012) Photo by Steve Pfost

Natalie Guerrido, of Uniondale, left, hugs her case
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Natalie Guerrido, of Uniondale, left, hugs her case worker Diana Faherty during a Nassau County-hosted ceremony to finalize the adoption of 20 children in foster care at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. (Nov. 19, 2012)

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