Dozens of parents and foster children across the state are starting their lives together as families after New Jersey's Adoption Day ceremonies.

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In New Jersey, nearly 270 children will have their adoptions finalized this month, and more than 800 adoptions will be finalized for the year, according to state officials.

At the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, 25 adoptions were scheduled to take place. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno spoke to a room full of families, recounting her emotional experiences as an adoptive parent. She reminded parents and family court officials to remember the joy of Adoption Day.

The process was long and trying for many of the adoptive families, many of whom been going through the program for upwards of three years.

"It feels good, you know the end is near, and all of your sacrifices paid off," said one parent in Freehold.

In addition to scores of paperwork, foster parents wishing to go through the adoption process must take parenting classes and receive letters of recommendation, however, they contend the end result is worth it.

"It's an incredible way to add to your family, it's wonderful," said Barbara Wenig, who along with her husband David are adopting Lauren from China. It's their second adoption.

"It's great for us to be a parent to other children. It's great fun and we think everybody should do it."