18 Lubbock children adopted by nine families on National Adoption Day
As part of National Adoption Day, nine adoptive families from across the city celebrated at the courthouse, as they gained permanent legal custody of their children.
More than a dozen children were legally welcomed into their forever families.
"Sometimes we see families getting broke up here at the courthouse, but today we see families being built, being joined together," Lubbock County judge Curtis Parrish said.
Danielle Askins has taken care of daughter Kyah, 3, for two-and-a-half years, and today makes it official.
"She was placed with us through the Texas Department of Family Services, and when she came to us, it was the middle of the night, and we instantly fell in love," Askins said.
It was a long process, and Askins said it felt like they would never get to this point, but she said Kyah has always been her child.
"She's my daughter, and I love her as fiercely and as much as I love my biological children," Askins said. "She's just ours, I can't imagine our life without her."
Jaclyn Morris, the executive director of CASA of the South Plains, who has also adopted a child herself, encourages families to consider it, as there are several children in our area in need.
"There are more ways to being a parent than just giving birth to a child," Morris said. "I always tell them adding to your family, building families, even encouraging single parents, single people to be parents by adoption as well."
Morris also said people do not have to adopt or foster to help these children.
"There are so many things people can do to support families that are adopting. There's Respite Care, there is just simply providing things. When we were going through the adoption process, I would have people bring laundry baskets full of toilet paper, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, all those good things."
More than 6,000 children have been adopted so far this year in Texas, and Morris said there are 240 children in our region who are waiting for a forever home.