After years of being foster parents, June 13 marked a major turning point: adoption day.
Nate Rosas met Rita Marlow and Seth Lentchner, of Bensalem, a decade ago when he played soccer with their son, Zach. A few years later, the family took him in -- first as their foster child.
"After the first year and a half, Nate had decided that this is where he wanted to stay," Marlow said.
After years of paperwork and hearings, Nate's adoption finally became official on Tuesday. If their yard -- plastered in signs that say "Gotcha Day" and "Nate the Great" -- is any indication, it was a celebration years in the making.
Like any good big brother, Nate Rosas makes the little guys work hard to beat him.
Like any 16-year-old boy, he gets embarrassed when his mom, Rita, tries to hug him.
"I don't know, I can't put it into words," he said.
But he secretly loves it. He's been waiting for a day like this his entire life.
HOMETOWN HEROES! 16 year old Nate Rosas best friend officially became his brother this week. It’s been a 5 year process for Nate’s adoption, and his heroes are all wearing shirts that say #Family. “1,758 days. He's mine. He's ours,” said his mom. ❤️ @6abc pic.twitter.com/LAJ6IEHpEW— Beccah Hendrickson (@Beccah6abc) July 14, 2021
"It's an overwhelming sense of relief knowing that we're just done. We can finally get to be where we want to be the entire time," said his father, Seth.
Fifty-two people walked into the courtroom wearing shirts that said "family." More than 100 lined the block later to celebrate his homecoming.
"I can't even, it's such a wonderful feeling," Rita said.
It was all to celebrate one boy and his personal heroes: his family.
"There are just no words to explain how grateful I am for my family," said Rita.