International Adoption Citizenship Day

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Adoptive families from Madison are celebrating their children at the fifth annual International Adoption Citizenship Day at the Capitol.

Children from almost 20 countries are getting acquainted to their new homes by taking part in American traditions. Dozens of adoptive children are given certificates, American flags and even get their pictures taken in front of a mock Statue of Liberty.

Parents say the event really helps welcome their new children home. Dana Marthaler is an adoptive mother, she says, "If it wasn't for this event, you'd just bring home your child and that would be it, you'd go to the courthouse six months later and it would be finalized, but this is an actual celebration of that."

Over 20,000 children are adopted from foreign countries every year.

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