Locals celebrate National Adoption Day by making their families official

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It's National Adoption Day and thousands of families across the United States are officially bringing children into their homes as their own.

The Dorlan Family legally adopted three-year-old Ethan Friday. He's been under their care as a foster child since he was only eight months old and his birth parents were revoked their parental rights.

"Don't think he even remembers anything before that," Tim Dorlan said. "He got attached really quickly and really stable and seems really happy."

Ethan is Cathy Dorlan's great-nephew, but now he is also her son.

"We decided that we couldn't give him up," Cathy Dorlan said. "It was either us or somebody else and I couldn't bear the thought of him going to somebody else."

Judge Valerie Robison approved the adoption Friday morning, legally affirming Ethan's status as the Dorlan's newest son.

"What a huge blessing these kids are and they need people to love them," Cathy Dorlan said.

There are 20 children in Mesa County ages three to 18 who are on a waiting list for adoption.

If you are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, you can call the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

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