40 local kids find their new homes on National Adoption Day
November 18, 2017 06:52 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – She may be just seven years old, but on Saturday Olivia Villarreal experienced a moment she will remember for the rest of her life.
That morning, Villarreal was one of 40 children who entered children’s court and left having officially found their new families as part of National Adoption Day.
“It’s worth it. It was a long process, but very worth it in the end seeing Olivia happy,” said Irma Villarreal, Olivia’s mom who unofficially has had custody of her as a foster parent since she was three.
Children’s Court Presiding Judge Marie Ward called the day the best of the year.
“I really appreciate this day because I get to kind of be in the spirit of everyone else and experience the joy – tears of joy,” she said. “Lots of laughter, lots of funny things get to happen in our court. Kids are spontaneous, and they’re just amazing and magical people.”
There’s a different story behind each individual adoption, but what they all have in common is a bond of love.
“This is about parents looking for children and children looking for their permanent loving homes,” Ward said.
Updated: November 18, 2017 06:52 PM
Created: November 18, 2017 06:11 PM
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