More than 20 children were adopted into permanent homes in a ceremony facilitated by Family Support Services’ adoptions team and finalized by Judge Michael Kalil on Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Duval County Courthouse. With Mother’s Day just two days away and this being the first in-person Mother’s Day adoption event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the afternoon was all the more special.

Action News Jax – Video and story: Single mom Morgan Butler adopted Austin and Brandon after having grown fond of them over the past year. “It just kind of turned into just hanging out with them, learning their story, what happened,” she said. “I wasn’t planning on adopting at the time, but it’s just one of those things I just knew was supposed to happen.” Video and interview with Action News Jax.


Positively Jax/News4Jax – Video and story: Two dozen area foster children became permanent members of their new families on Friday — just in time for Mother’s Day. Molly and Geoffrey Lane adopted a group of three siblings and another group of four siblings. The children range in age from 2 to 12. The Lanes are foster parents who are committed to keeping siblings together whenever possible, FSS said. Video and interview with News4Jax.