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In light of new bill, Macon mother of 6 encourages adoption

Local mother Emily Elsworth says adoption and fostering has changed her life/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Local mother Emily Elsworth says adoption and fostering has changed her life. She hopes with the recent passing of House Bill 159, more people will look into adoption.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 159 into law Monday afternoon. It will streamline adoption in the state, making it more dependable and efficient.

The new bill is the first update to the state's adoption code in nearly 30 years.

Elsworth has six children -- three are foster placements, two are biological and one is adopted.

She says adoption has changed her family's life. And since there are so many kids in need -- approximately 13,000 in the state of Georgia -- they felt the need to serve.

Elsworth added it has opened her two older biological kids' eyes to the need around them. Now, they unconditionally love anyone who comes into the home.

For all the details of House Bill 159 -- as well as full video from the press conference -- click here: GOV. DEAL SIGNS BILL MAKING STATE'S ADOPTION CODE EASIER, MORE EFFICIENT.




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