MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) - More than 100 Southern California foster children are celebrating National Adoption Day by becoming members of new families.
The children and their adoptive parents are being formally joined as families Friday at a mass ceremony in Monterey Park marking National Adoption Day.
Afterward, there will be a party put on by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Department spokesman Neil Zanville says the annual event, launched in 1998, is a heartwarming experience for both the families and the county social workers who strived to bring them together.
The department, the nation's largest public adoption agency, estimates that on any given day it provides welfare services to more than 34,000 children.
Zanville says the department currently has about 450 other children still in need of adoption.
The Associated Press