Saturday is National Adoption Day, and to celebrate, Ada and Canyon counties held events on Friday since the courthouses are closed on the weekend.
Sixteen families made their adoptions official at the Canyon County Adoption Day on Friday morning.
Foster care advocate Nehemiah Gremmel used the celebrations to share a message close to his heart since he is a former foster kid.
"If I can get anything across is that you need to listen to your kids and I don't want the kids to be scared to talk to their parents and I don't want the parents to be scared to talk to their kids," he said. "I just want to get across to listen to each other and get help. you don't have to do it yourself."
Former KTVB anchor Dee Sarton was the emcee at the Canyon County celebrations. She came into the KTVB studio to discuss how much adoption means to her. Watch the video above to see her live interview.
This is part of KTVB's ongoing coverage on adoption in the Treasure Valley.