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Nassau families mark National Adoption Day

Jeremiah Taylor, 4, left, and brother Gregory, 9,

Jeremiah Taylor, 4, left, and brother Gregory, 9, sit on the lap of Judge Robin M. Kent as she signs their adoption papers at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City (Nov. 22, 2010) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

 In recognition of National Adoption Day, which was Saturday, Nassau County Family Court Monday finalized the adoption of 18 children, most of whom had been in the county's foster care system. Suffolk County Family Court in Central Islip held a similar event Friday to complete the adoption of 24 children.

There are 460 children in foster care in Nassau, said Karen Garber, program coordinator for the Office of Consumer & Public Information. When efforts to reunite children with biological parents or other relatives fail, she said, children are placed for adoption.

There are three children - two are 18 years old, the third 13 - waiting for a permanent home, she said.

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