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19 Families Honored at National Adoption Day Luncheon

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Nearly 20 central Virginia families were honored on Saturday for adopting a child as one of their own in the past year.

The 14th annual luncheon for National Adoption Day held in Barboursville celebrated kids of all ages getting the security and love from a permanent home.

“I've had a smile on my face since day one,” says 16 year old Janie Tuthill.

She wears the special ring her parents gave her when she was adopted in June.  “I got it the night before as an early welcome to the family gift.”

Janie met her adoptive father Lonnie while she was attending school in Albemarle County.

“I work in the schools for the county police department,” he says. “It became apparent that she was in need of some services.”

Janie was soon introduced to Lonnie's wife Toni and their four children.

“I was scared at first because I've never had anything like that,” Janie says.

The Tuthills say from that moment on they knew Janie was meant to be part of their family.

“She came into our life and it was just love at first sight,” Toni says. “It's like she's always been my daughter.”

The Tuthills were one of 19 new adoptive families recognized during a ceremony at Blue Ridge Community Church on Saturday.

“Adoption gives them a family that's committed to them, that will be there for them in adulthood and through all the challenges of adolescence,” says Janie Hunter of Albemarle Social Services.

It's a caring commitment Janie's been waiting for all her life.

“It was something I've always wanted from the start because I just wanted to be a part of a family,” says Janie. “I just wanted to be loved and cared for and just to have that life that every child would dream of and now I finally have it.”

The central Virginia Adoption Awareness Coalition sponsored Saturday's event.

There are more than 4,000 children currently in Virginia's foster care system.

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