It was a long two-year wait, but we had our first in-person adoption event in Chicago on November 18th at the Daley Center. Chief Judge of Cook County Timothy Evans, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, DCFS Guardianship Administrator Janet Ahern and others were there to celebrate the momentous occasion, along with several media outlets.

While the celebration was big citywide, we were happy to celebrate our CPA kids being adopted by their maternal aunt, Rosa Vasquez. From aunt to mom, siblings Joseph (8) and Valerie (12) now have official permanent homes filled with love.

Joseph announced loudly, “It’s over now? Yay! I get to live with you forever now!” Valerie shared a similar sentiment, “So it’s finally done? My name is Vasquez now? Wow, I’m so happy. Thank you so much!” And Rose rounded out the celebration with, “Wow, I can’t ‘believe it’s finally over. Thank you so much! Patrick, (CPA Case Manager) gets things done!”

The kids have been part of our Foster Care program for years, and while we’re sad to see them go, we’re incredibly excited to see them placed in a permanent loving family. 

Check out the media coverage and pictures below:

Adoption Day