Forty-three adoptions were finalized Friday in the Kern County Superior Court Juvenile Division, and about 15 were completed in the Family Law Division. Judge John Brownlee said the day is always a special occasion for him because he was adopted 56 years ago.
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The Wedel family grew by two Friday during National Adoption Day. Rose, 1, second from left, and R.J., 3, middle, officially became part of the family.