As National Adoption Awareness Month is this month, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services hosted an Adoption Day this afternoon at the Wichita County Courthouse. In a nearby courtroom, Nong and Moua Vang, of Fresno, were asking the court to allow them to become the parents of 5-year-old Emma, a medically fragile foster child born with a condition that requires lifelong 24-hour care, with a trach and a feeding tube.
Christel Harris didn't plan on adopting children, but when she got a chance to adopt two boys this year she jumped on the opportunity.
Beyond the official count, the agency assisted with two other adoptions in MS, and DHR staffers themselves adopted six children over the previous year.
Too often, many of these vulnerable children will spend years in care and ultimately end up aging out of the foster care system without finding a safe, permanent home. "We are always in need of permanent homes for some of our children in foster care and we're always in need of foster parents".
It is a day where, by all accounts, dozens of families were made whole. It gives me joy and happiness to see so many kids that are being loved in here today. "They really love each other". This was the highest number of adoptions in a single fiscal year since 1998.More news: Possible military coup in Zimbabwe, as tanks roll towards Robert Mugabe's capital
There is still always a need for more families to consider opening their hearts and homes to a child.
Santana recalled a time when his grandchildren were separated in foster care.
There are more than 5-thousand children available for adoption in the USA and about 75 of those are right here in Wichita Falls.
"I feel like it was meant to be, and I feel like this was the path that we're both supposed to be going through". "They've done a lot of hard work this year to get there". "I've met very, very nice people in the whole process, and this moment is just - boy, I can hardly describe it", she said with tears in her eyes.
We also want to remind you that every Tuesday's right here on KFDX and our sister station KJTL is Tuesday's Child. Thank you for holding us accountable as an agency, and most of all for advocating for our kids in only ways that foster and adoptive parents can.