But that was the beat that greeted dozens of families who celebrated their children today at the 9th Annual Westchester County Adoption Day.
Supervising Family Court Judge Kathie E. Davidson (right) finalized 42 adoptions for Westchster families and held the party in her courtroom. Wearing a balloon flower bracelet, she said the event should be a reminder of the benefits of adoption and the need for more families to open their homes to neglected kids.
“Children of Westchester desperately need homes,” she said. “Children desperately want a home, they desperately want to be loved.”
The Gentile family of Peekskill (right) celebrated adopting their 10-month-old daughter, Samantha Isabel, who has lived with them since she was two days old. The family found her through Bethany Christian Services. The little girl stared wide-eyed at all the activity in the courtroom and batted around the balloons while her dad held her tight in his arms.
“She came right out of the hospital and into our home,” said Joseph Gentile, who was with his wife Pam Gentile and their 14-year-old son Anthony. “Today she’s ours.”