Angelina Co. families celebrate National Adoption Day

Angelina Co. families celebrate National Adoption Day
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Three Angelina County children found their forever homes Thursday morning.

The event was part of the National Adoption Day project put on by the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. The event is just one of several happening across East Texas.

Misty and Lloyd Harris of Huntington adopted 2-year-old Addison after raising her as a foster child. For Misty, Addison offers her a chance to be a mom to a little girl.

"I don't have a girl," Misty said. "We are looking forward to all the girly things that we get to look forward to."

Sonya Williams was also on hand for the event. Williams was able to adopt her two grandchildren, Jeremiah and Ashlyn.

"I remember seeing a bumper sticker that said, 'If I knew having grand kids was going to be this much fun, I'd have had them first,'" Williams said. "That's the way I feel. It is so different. I am older and wiser."

The three kids granted adoptions by Judge Derrick Flournoy are just a small amount of children looking to be adopted. According to numbers said at the event, there are just over 20 Angelina County children looking to be adopted. On any given day in the state, there is over 6,000 children waiting to find permanent homes.

DFPS Regional Supervisor Kelli Slaga said the holiday times are always difficult for these children.

"As we all approach the holidays we want to be with our families and we're excited about enjoying that time," Slaga said. "There are so many children that don't have it; that don't have a table to sit around at Thanksgiving or a tree to look at the presents underneath."

The process can be long and frustrating at points but the families at Thursday's event said the reward was so much greater.

"It's well worth it," Lloyd Harris said. "You get to help kids that don't have homes."

"There's so many kids that need someone to raise them and you know if someone has the means to be able to do that then I think they should do that," Harris said.

the event also awarded Amanda and Christopher Belrose with the Service above Self Award for their continuing support by adopting children that have severe medical needs.

A similar event will be held Friday, Nov. 13 at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse starting at 9 a.m.

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