Greg Kahn/Staff 
 Mercy Miller, 17, right, holds the hand of her new mother, Brandy, center, as Mercy is formally adopted into the Miller family at the Collier County Courthouse during a mass adoption ceremony for National Adoption Awareness Month. In the ceremony, 17 children were adopted into 11 families. Mercy had been in foster care since 1999, and did not plan to be adopted, but age out of the system when she turned 18. That changed after meeting the Miller family through church.

Photo by GREG KAHN, Naples Daily News

Greg Kahn/Staff
Mercy Miller, 17, right, holds the hand of her new mother, Brandy, center, as Mercy is formally adopted into the Miller family at the Collier County Courthouse during a mass adoption ceremony for National Adoption Awareness Month. In the ceremony, 17 children were adopted into 11 families. Mercy had been in foster care since 1999, and did not plan to be adopted, but age out of the system when she turned 18. That changed after meeting the Miller family through church.

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