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Adoptive and foster families join in celebration

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Superheroes pose for pictures during the adoption celebration Superheroes pose for pictures during the adoption celebration

November is more than just for not-shaving - it's also National Adoption Month - a time dedicated to increasing focus on outreach and children.

On Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center, spotlight was given to those who care for adopted kids, celebrating the choice to open their hearts and homes to children in need.

The Center for Youth and Family Services held a super hero themed event because they believe foster and adoptive parents wear the real capes.

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The celebration, complete with face painting, a bouncy house, balloon animals, photography, arts and crafts, Star Wars characters and super heroes had kids and parents alike, all smiles and in high spirits.

It was the gift of family though that truly filled the vibe throughout the room.

Karen Head, an adoptive parent among the crowd shared her story on why adoption was the best option for her.

"We decided to adopt because we struggled with infertility for a few years." Head explained. She also went on to say that her five adopted bring her immense joy and that motherhood through adoption is something she doesn't take for granted.

"For our family to be built, a family was broken apart so it's something we always keep in mind when talking to our kids and we try to tell their story honestly and openly with them and help them get through the joys and struggles that come with that."

Jennifer Durbin, an employee of CYFS expressed that the people willing to expand their families to include adopted children are beyond valuable to their organization and most importantly, the children.

"It is difficult. You have to be a special kind of person to be able to know that that need is there..." Durbin explained.

CYFS is just one resource in Peoria for those considering adoption or foster care. Other resources include DCFSFamily CoreLutheran Child and Family Services

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