There are almost 64 hundred children in Texas foster care waiting to be adopted, more than three hundred kids in our region and 137 children in Lubbock county looking for forever homes. Friday, families came together to honor those children and the families who chose this day to finalize their adoptions.
National Adoption day is a special day to celebrate those who lovingly accept new members into their family through adoption. This national celebration goes a little deeper for some. Christie Haggard who was adding two more girls into her family explains "I'm so emotional today. We've had them for a year and a half so we're really really... I'm sorry, happy to be adding them to our forever family" when talking about her new daughters.
Bet Ribordy, Director of Foster Care for CPS says "you never stop wanting a forever home. So this helps the community, the state, the nation be more aware that these kids need forever homes and they're there and they're just waiting for a home to open up to them."
National Adoption Day is not only for families to share their big day with the community, also a way to spread the idea of adoption. Haggard agrees saying "It's a great platform for everyone in the community to see that it happens, people that maybe don't even know about adoption at all can see 'oh wow this is happening' and then maybe feel a little tug on their heart."
John Wuerflein, President of Bikers Against Child Abuse says "We have so many, there are so many kids in Texas that are waiting to be adopted. And this is a way for people to get together and show what the adoption process is like."
Haggard says adoption can be difficult. The children often go through trauma or abuse and neglect. But she and many others agree it is worth it, "when you do it and you have it, I feel like, my girls are older, but I feel like they're my children. When people say 'who's your real mom?' I tell them I'm their real mom." Felip Hernandez and his wife adopted a young daughter and say "it's real rewarding you know, deep feelings. It's real rewarding to help a child grow up."
Wuerflein says adoption is so important to the children looking for homes, "they know where they're going to wake up the next morning, they know they're going to be fed, they know they're going to be taken care of. And I think this is just a closure for the kids theirself to be able to live their life not in fear."
Following a balloon release to represent each child in Lubbock county looking for homes, about 30 families made their way to the courthouse where each finalized their adoptions.