MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Lives across the country were forever changed Saturday in a special way on this National Adoption Day.

In Hennepin County, 22 families finalized their adoptions at the Juvenile Justice Center in Minneapolis.

That means 38 children and teenagers have new and official homes Saturday night.

national adoption day 38 Metro Kids & Teens Get New Homes On Nat’l Adoption Day

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In the video above, photojournalist Brad Earley shows us some of these very lucky families.

Here is more information on adoption and foster care in Hennepin County.