The holiday season is now upon us, and some El Paso children received the gift of loving new homes on Saturday.
“Every day is really Thanksgiving for us,” Linda Lopez-Puig told KTSM after officially welcoming her son, Ayden, into the family. “It feels like we just got married as a family.”
Lopez-Puig and her husband are among 12 local families who adopted 29 children during a superhero-themed National Adoption Day event at the El Paso County Courthouse.
“It’s actually surreal…we can’t believe that somebody gave us their three beautiful children,” the Garcia family said. “It’s like a dream come true.”
Officials say many of the adopted children were previously in the foster care system and were victims of abuse and neglect.
“For the first time, they will have a loving and forever home,” Yahara Lisa Gutierrez, Judge of the 65th District Court, said.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 93 children in El Paso — and 7,264 across the state — are currently waiting to be adopted
“They’re beautiful…they’ve never had what normal, regular kids have,” Gutierrez said. “They’re so thankful and so appreciative of anything they get.”
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