Raelyn Jones, 3, holds a sign saying, “It’s my ‘Gotcha’ Day’,” in the Columbia County Courthouse hallway after the adoption proceeding that granted parental rights to Adam and Tara Jones. Four other families followed suit. (Photos by AMBER MASTERS/Special to the Reporter)
 The Jones family, including their latest addition, stopped by Lake City Reporter after being granted an early Christmas present in court — their daughter Raelyn. She is pictured here grabbing dad Adam Jones’ tie and smiling for the camera at promise of Christmas cookies afterward.
The Jones family in court on adoption day. From left are Rachel, Adam and Raelyn, AJ, Tara and Emily with Third Judicial Circuit District Judge Leandra Johnson standing behind.


It took less than an hour for a district judge to grant the Christmas wishes of five local families who ...

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