National Adoption Day

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Updated: 11/23/2013 6:45 pm

Raising kids is hard, but what about raising kids that aren’t yours biologically? Many people gathered at the Bannock County Courthouse yesterday to celebrate just that.

November is National Adoption Month, and in Judge Dunn’s courtroom, that is something to celebrate.

“Just experiencing the joy of getting to be a mom to these boys, and getting to know each person as an individual, my kids, and it’s just worth it. It’s worth the work, “ said mother of 3 adopted boys, Sarah Hedges.

Raising a child is hard work, no question about that. And unfortunately for some children, parents aren’t always up for the challenge.

“Kids who do not have a stable home life, who are dealing without having parental guidance and those things, they struggle in life. They don’t learn the basics, they don’t get a good education, and then it affects them their whole life and they deal with a lot of misery they shouldn’t have to,” said Jouvenile Magistrate Judge Bryan Murray.

Adoptive parents can step in when biological parents must step out, for whatever reason. One of the greatest parts of adoption is giving the child a chance to succeed even when the cards were originally stacked against them.

“When you see a kid who was in just miserable conditions and you give them some help and family steps in and they turn their life around and then you see them excel and grow and get an education, be successful in life, oh how exciting that is,” added Judge Murray.

The benefits of being an adoptive parent don’t just improve the child’s life for the better; the parents tend to have their lives blessed just as much.

“I’ve definitely become more accepting of different people and different situations, and I’ve definitely become a lot more patient,” said Hedges.

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