More than 100 children are set to be formally adopted in courthouses across Massachusetts as part of National Adoption Day.
Courthouses in Brockton, Boston and Worcester will host speakers and adoption ceremonies.
The events are being held to bring awareness to children in Massachusetts that are in need of adoption.
"It's a great opportunity for us to say and there are still 800 children here in Massachusetts who don't have these wonderful families," Lisa Funaro, Executive Director at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange said.
The George N. Covett Courthouse, the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse and Worcester Trial Court will hold events in their communities for National Adoption Day.
The Pachecos of Fall River adopted their son Elijah at the event. They could have done it in July, but wanted to be part of the nationwide effort raising awareness.
"I've got a lot of love so it's amazing. It's really not as hard as people think and there are a lot of children who need families," Tatiana Pacheco said.
This was the 14th year Massachusetts took part in National Adoption Day. By the end of it, 125 children were adopted by 99 families.
"It's an awesome feeling. I feel a sense of completion, like our family's complete," Amy Pacheco said.