This season is a special one for 125 children across Massachusetts who are enjoying their first Thanksgiving with their forever families. All of them were adopted on National Adoption day last week, including two siblings who are especially thankful.
Jessie and James Marshall-Hewlitt have been living with their parents Tammy and Debbie for over two years, but last week they were finally able to make it official.
The 12-year-old and 10-year-old are siblings and were adopted at a courthouse in Worcester last week. They traveled to their grandparents in Connecticut for their first Thanksgiving as an official family.
“I got adopted and I was just full of joy,” Jessie Marshall-Hewlitt said. “They are just like so nice and they care about me.”
“We finally found our missing pieces and I think that’s the sentiment we all feel today,” Debbie Marshall-Hewlitt said.
While they have plenty to be thankful for, they also want everyone to remember that there are still 800 children waiting to be adopted in Massachusetts. They hope that number goes down significantly by next Thanksgiving.