Families of the heart make it official

A courtroom is a place where happiness is not often found, but Friday afternoon the Ellis County Courthouse was full of smiles, laughter and balloons as 21 children officially became part of their families.

November is National Adoption Month, and Friday’s event was one of several happening across the state with St. Francis Ministries. Twelve families from towns across western Kansas — including Hays, Russell, Garden City, Cimmaron and Bird City — gathered to finalize the adoption process of children ranging from babies to teenagers.

This is the third year St. Francis has conducted a National Adoption Day event, and the first time it’s been in Ellis County, Corey Donnelly, adoption supervisor with St. Francis, said. The previous events were in Barton County.

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