5-year-old girl adopted in virtual ceremony in Collegeville amid COVID-19

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
5-Year-Old Collegeville girl adopted in virtual ceremony
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COVID-19 has put a lot of things on hold, but one family in Collegeville did not have to wait to make a special adoption official.

COLLEGEVILLE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of things on hold, but one family in Collegeville, Pennsylvania did not have to wait to make a very special adoption official.

Like many other events during stay-at-home orders, the adoption was done virtually.

This is a day Stacey King has been waiting two and a half years for. On Wednesday, she officially became 5-year-old Audriana's legal mother.

While they couldn't officiate the adoption in a Montgomery County courtroom as planned, they were able to work out a special virtual ceremony.

Audriana is King's fifth child and fourth adoption.

King is a single mom and her dream was always to have a big family. She is a teacher in the Pottsgrove School District and says her parents are a huge part of making this all happen.

"I'm a teacher, so I love kids and I teach at-risk kids," said King. "I always wanted to be a mom and I am not married, so I thought foster care and adoption was the way I could build my family. Now I have a big family, five kids."

Audriana said she loves her new family so much. King says they planned a huge party but had to put that on hold for the time being.

King does say she has something planned to celebrate, but it's a surprise.