'Don't cry, daddy. I love you': New families celebrate National Adoption Day

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Three-year-old Josiah was one of 26 children with finalized adoptions in Boston as a part of National Adoption Day.

 "Today we are adopting Josiah! After six months, he was going to move. And I looked at him, and I said.... I can't do that to him," said Josiah's mother, MaryAnne Cullinane.

Josiah is Cullinane and Michael Locust's eighth child, though most of theirs are adults now. Josiah came to them as a foster placement when he was just 4 days old. 

His dad, a Boston firefighter and military, veteran was brought to tears Friday.

"Don't cry, daddy. I love you," Josiah told his dad.

"Alright," Locust said. "I'll be tough."

In Massachusetts, 1,150 children are still waiting for their forever families. Massachusetts Department of Children & Families says they hope to increase the number of adoptions next year to 900 in the state.

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