NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Earlier in the week, we told you about Adoption Day in Lufkin.
A story like that can't be told too many times. Friday marked Adoption Day in Nacogdoches.
Six-year-old Dacey Stephens knew Friday was a special day.
"Adoption day," Dacey said.
On Adoption Day, Dacey and her 4-year old-brother, Charlie, are the fifth and sixth child adopted by Michelle and Jeff Stephens.
"I think that all families that have the capability of love and openness ought to consider adopting just because there's kids out there that need help all the time," said Michelle Stephens, an adoptive parent. "Everywhere."
There are over 5,000 children in Texas available for adoption. Over 1,200 aged out in Texas foster care last year. Christian won't become such a disappointing statistic. He met his forever parents at a match day sponsored by the Nacogdoches Rotary Club.
"And we decided he was the one for us, and one thing led to another, and we chose him," said Mike Brookshire, an adoptive parent. "Thankfully he chose us and here we are today, and we are very, very excited."
Fortunately, Texas is doing a better job of placing older children into adoptive homes.
"Since 2008, we have had an 87 percent increase in the number of families that had adopted children who are over the age of 15 across the state of Texas," said Ginny Judson, the foster homes & adoption program director.
How the union comes about isn't as important as making sure the children are placed in loving, caring families.
"I saw the judge, and he let me hit with the hammer," Dacey said. "And I said thank you to let him come to him. And I hugged him."
It was just one of many hugs that happened on National Adoption Day.
If you'd like to adopt a child, the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange can help. Visit this link for more information.