By Lauren Wanko
Today’s a big day for baby Suri and her parents — her new parents. That’s because this afternoon, the Haruthunians adopted the 4-month-old.
“It means the world for us. We’ve been waiting many, many years for this day. It’s very emotional. It’s a beautiful, happy day,” said Cynthia Haruthunian of Saddle River.
“Every morning when she wakes up, the first thing she does is this big smile. She has the biggest smile and that just changes your whole day,” said Arlen Haruthunian.
Suri’s one of about 25 children whose adoptions were finalized today at the Monmouth County Courthouse in celebration of National Adoption Day. For the lieutenant governor, the event was personal.
“In 2004, in a courtroom in this building, I had the honor of attending the adoption of my third son,” said Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno. “Oh my goodness I didn’t even get through the first sentence.”
In New Jersey, there were 1,023 adoptions last year. Two-thirds of the children adopted were between the ages of 1 and 5.
“If you’re a woman in trouble and you don’t know where to go, there is a safe harbor law in New Jersey that allows you to drop a baby off and that baby will be so well cared for,” Guadagno said.
Today, 8-month-old Meredith was officially added to the Jacobs family. It’s the family’s second adoption.
“It’s just something we’ve always wanted to do. It’s a dream come true for us. We’ve had our Adala here, now our Meredith and it completely completes our family,” said Gene Jacobs.
“These kids really need some kid of stability, because when they’re in these group homes and stuff they’re really is, they never, they might think they’re getting loved but it’s not the same as being in a family you know and they add a lot to your family,” said Robert Goodlow.
The Goodlows are thrilled Zach has become the newest member of their family. And so is Zach.
“It feels good. It feels exciting,” Zach said.
“He’s been in foster care for a year with us and we fell in love with him and we can’t see ourselves living without him,” Goodlow said.
Fortunately for the Goodlows — like so many other families here today — they won’t have to live without each other.