Dozens of children adopted in mass ceremony

November 19, 2010 4:25:14 PM PST
This holiday season will be extra special for dozens of newly united Houston area families. More than 60 children, who were once wards of the state, were adopted Friday in a mass ceremony. Friday was a special happy day for dozens of Houston area families, as 61 children who were in the custody of Child Protective Services became permanent family members with those who've been caring for them.

CPS oversaw the mass adoption at the Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Houston. In one morning, 61 children found their adoptive homes, but many more children are awaiting permanent homes. There are more than 1,600 kids in the custody of CPS in Harris County and the surrounding counties.

"Oh my God, I feel like a kid on Christmas," said Sherry Johnson, who adopted her granddaughter. "This is a gift, a lifetime gift. I never ever would think at the age of 50 I would be a mom all over again. So it's a blessing in disguise."

Four-year-old Bri Jean Swain was among those adopted.

"I like her like my mom," Bri said. "She lets me cook with her and she lets me be a good helper. She's the mom that takes care of me. She's just my mom and I love her."

The youngest child adopted today was just eight months old, and the oldest adopted is 15 years old. Almost 30 percent of the kids in need of a home in the Houston area are 11 years old or older.


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