Dozens of local families celebrate National Adoption Day

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Thirty children in McLennan County are at home with their forever families.

Baylor law school, along with the McLennan County Department of Families and Child Protective service celebrated their 11th annual National Adoption Day. 

Texas Child Protective Services say in McLennan county alone, more than 170 children are in need of a permanent home. They hope events like this one will help more families get involved with the adoption process.

Christmas came early this year for dozens of families like Sharon Matlock.

“It feels good. This is a day that I have been looking forward to,” Matlock said. “I adopted Shimaya today.”

After two years, the 6-year-old is going home with her grandmother. Now, her adopted parent.

“She needed stability in her life and I can provide that love and stability that she needs,” Matlock said.

Organizers say more adoptions are needed.

“We have more children than we have foster homes. Same thing for adoption,” CPS Adoption Program Director Andrea Barnett said. “We have 175 children in McLennan County that are waiting for a permanent family.”

Parents like BJ and Cherlcie Eyth, who are adopting for the first time, hope more people in the community get involved in fostering.

“More than 5600 children across the state found their forever homes this year,130 are from McLennan County,” Eyth said. “We are finding that there is a big community of parents that foster and I think that is one of the most important things.” 

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