Family Court finalizes 21 adoptions for National Adoption Day

Joanna Cattanach on her adoption day

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. Michigan's 15th annual Adoption Day is set for next Tuesday, November 21st with events across the state.

The family adopted a second child, Cameron, a few weeks ago.

"The very first child we brought into our home was Meyer and the rest is history", said John Tatlock. The Zuniga family from Ralls gave 3-year-old Tony, 5-year-old Xavier and 7-year-old Robert a chance at a new life.

Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that ideal family they've always been looking for.

"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. "If there are 100,000 foster kids across the country what's wrong with us getting two?"

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

"I encourage everyone to adopt, you know it's a blessing and you love them the same and you're changing someone's life by giving them a forever family", said Darlys Hernandez, who adopted her forever daughter. Forty-one of those kids have not been matched to a family. "It's just fantastic because it takes so long and to just come to this lovely moment with my family it's absolutely unbelievable", said Burkett. My grandmother loved me, and thank you for loving that little girl over there and loving all your children."The list of accomplished people who were adopted is long".

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