BATH, N.Y. (WENY) - Seven children will be joining new families ahead of the holiday season.

According to the Steuben County's Department of Social Services, seven children joined four families on national adoption day last Friday.

The department says a total of nineteen children have found new families in 20-22 with six more children expected to be adopted by the end of the year.

"Celebrating National Adoption Day during the holiday season highlights the blessings of gratitude, love and family," DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller. "It is a day we recognize all parents who have opened their hearts and their home to provide a forever family to our children in need. These parents have chosen
their families and in turn we are forever grateful. It is one day of the year we collectively celebrate the true joys of our work.

"Many thanks also go out to all the DSS Services staff, judges, court personnel and attorneys who work collaboratively to make this happen."

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent, please contact homefinder Ashley Swan, at (607) 664-2257.