PARENTING
11/30/2015 05:50 pm ET

21 Love-Filled Photos Of Adoptive Families Coming Together

So much love!

Today marks the last day of National Adoption Month, a time to let families who grew through adoption share their stories and to shine a light on the many children who still need loving homes.

The journey to bring together adoptive parents and kids can be long and emotional, but the result shows that it's all worth it. 

Here are 21 beautiful photos of parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even friends coming together as families through adoption.

  • 1
    <i>Owen was 20 months old when&nbsp;his parents adopted him from an orphanage in China.&nbsp;Photo by <a href="http://www.bro
    Brooke Collier Photography
    Owen was 20 months old when his parents adopted him from an orphanage in China. Photo by Brooke Collier Photography.
  • 2
    <i>Olivia came home to her family Steve, Kristen and Ryan in Virginia.&nbsp;Her grandfathers met her at the airport. Photo by
    Three Continents Photography
    Olivia came home to her family Steve, Kristen and Ryan in Virginia. Her grandfathers met her at the airport. Photo by Three Continents Photography.
  • 3
    <i>Baby Callie traveled&nbsp;to Virginia to live with her adoptive parents Grace and Peter and big brother Carson. Photo by <
    Three Continents Photography
    Baby Callie traveled to Virginia to live with her adoptive parents Grace and Peter and big brother Carson. Photo by Three Continents Photography.
  • 4
    <i>Lisa and her husband Reade adopted&nbsp;their&nbsp;daughter Bella from an orphanage in Haiti.&nbsp;<a href="http://crystal
    Crystal Hardin
    Lisa and her husband Reade adopted their daughter Bella from an orphanage in Haiti. Photo by Crystal Hardin
  • 5
    <i>Lisa and Reade also adopted a&nbsp;son named Maki.&nbsp;<a href="http://crystalhardin.com/galleries/gallery-iv/">Photo by&
    Crystal Hardin
    Lisa and Reade also adopted a son named Maki. Photo by Crystal Hardin
  • 6
    <i>Jennifer and Lance&nbsp;adopted their son Welly from Haiti. He joined siblings Luke, Sara, Hope and Emma in Arkansas.&nbsp
    MJW Photography
    Jennifer and Lance adopted their son Welly from Haiti. He joined siblings Luke, Sara, Hope and Emma in Arkansas. Photo by MJW Photography
  • 7
    <i>This Georgia couple brought home their daughter from China. Her big brothers and grandparents excitedly greeted them at th
    Kirsten Lee Photography
    This Georgia couple brought home their daughter from China. Her big brothers and grandparents excitedly greeted them at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Photo by Kirsten Lee for for Red Thread Sessions, a website that celebrates adoption through photography
  • 8
    <i>"We adopted our children two years and four months after they were placed in foster care with us -- Nov 20, 2013," mom&nbs
    Tiffanie Michael
    "We adopted our children two years and four months after they were placed in foster care with us -- Nov 20, 2013," mom Tiffanie Michael told HuffPost.
  • 9
    <i>Ben and Sammy moved from foster homes&nbsp;in China to their forever family in the U.S. this past June.&nbsp;Photo by <a h
    Jclaytor Photography
    Ben and Sammy moved from foster homes in China to their forever family in the U.S. this past June. Photo by Jclaytor Photography
  • 10
    <i>He met his two big brothers in Michigan.&nbsp;Photo by <a href="http://www.brookecollierphoto.com/blog/2015/5/30/birth-owe
    Brooke Collier Photography
    He met his two big brothers in Michigan. Photo by Brooke Collier Photography.
  • 11
    <i>Maura Montellano Wetherbee and Katherine Wetherbee adopted baby Ava Simone last March, completing their family. Big sister
    Maura Montellano Wetherbee and Katherine Wetherbee
    Maura Montellano Wetherbee and Katherine Wetherbee adopted baby Ava Simone last March, completing their family. Big sister Gia Belen turns 4 in December. Both their daughters were adopted domestically from the same birth mother, and the family lives in L.A.
  • 12
    <i>Baby V's parents only got a few days' notice before her arrival and quickly bought a crib and clothes. "But all she really
    Tiia Norsym Photography
    Baby V's parents only got a few days' notice before her arrival and quickly bought a crib and clothes. "But all she really needs is LOVE, which there sure is plenty of in the Z household!" the photographer said of the family. Photo by Tiia Norsym Photography
  • 13
    <i>The Allen family adopted baby Jillian from China this past May.&nbsp;Photo by <a href="http://www.alysefrenchphotography.c
    Alyse French Photography
    The Allen family adopted baby Jillian from China this past May. Photo by Alyse French Photography
  • 14
    <i>Jasper lives in Virginia with his parents&nbsp;Mike and Susan, and two sisters Kait and Megan. His family was there to sup
    Three Continents Photography
    Jasper lives in Virginia with his parents Mike and Susan, and two sisters Kait and Megan. His family was there to support him during his official citizenship ceremony. Photo by Three Continents Photography.
  • 15
    <i>Scott and Rebecca Walker&nbsp;adopted&nbsp;their daughter Annalee from South Korea earlier this month. Photo by <a href="h
    Chesley Summar Photography
    Scott and Rebecca Walker adopted their daughter Annalee from South Korea earlier this month. Photo by Chesley Summar.
  • 16
    <i>Lindsay and Scot adopted their son&nbsp;Zeke in 2014. Photo by <a href="http://blog.jclaytorphotography.com/2014/02/19/zek
    Jclaytor Photography
    Lindsay and Scot adopted their son Zeke in 2014. Photo by Jclaytor Photography.
  • 17
    <i>Sarah Edness adopted her husband's biological son in August 2012 after six years of custody battles.</i>
    Sarah Edness
    Sarah Edness adopted her husband's biological son in August 2012 after six years of custody battles.
  • 18
    <i>Shelly and Jason adopted baby Justice in April 2013.&nbsp;Photo by <a href="http://www.tarapeddicordblog.com/justice-faye-
    Tara Peddicord Photography
    Shelly and Jason adopted baby Justice in April 2013. Photo by Tara Peddicord Photography
  • 19
    <i>"Jan 2003 our 4-month-old little girl came home,"&nbsp;the mom told HuffPost.</i>
    Shaiqua Misra Vyas
    "Jan 2003 our 4-month-old little girl came home," the mom told HuffPost.
  • 20
    <i>The Krieger family adopted Norah from China in March 2015.&nbsp;Photo by <a href="http://www.erinkataphotography.com/norah
    Erin Kata Photography
    The Krieger family adopted Norah from China in March 2015. Photo by Erin Kata Photography
  • 21
    <i>Christmas after adoption.</i>
    Maritza Saxe
    Christmas after adoption.

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