New families celebrate National Adoption Day at Orange County Courthouse

Erica Roy
November 20, 2017

It's rare when people are happy to go to court.

She got her wish four years later, after her brother had been living with her as a foster child for almost a year.

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.

"We watch these children come in abused, neglected and abandoned and now we watch them leave in a safe loving nurturing home", said the Honorable Cindy Lederman from the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge in Juvenile Division.

In another courtroom, two brothers - Andrew and Alex- are hugging and saying "I love you".

"It was important to keep them together", Mary Balzer said.

Their aunt Mary and uncle Mitchell were officially becoming their parents.

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"Everybody deserves to know that somebody loves them". That's somebody who said, "I see something in that little boy that's very special.' "Foxx continued: "And she made sure I had every tool that I needed to grow and expand".

"We're really excited to get to make it official today", said Michele Blodgett, mom.

James and Allison Pope are already parents to six children but they still found the room in their home and their hearts for baby Mia.

Phillips said Adoption Day is meant to promote adoption as an option for families who want to help kids find permanency.

They may not be related by blood but the bond is no less intense.

"We have children in this community that need permanent homes, families that will provide commitment to them, love and a stable environment", says Karen Fitzpatrick, Supervisor of the county's Homefinding Unit.

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