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Angelina Co. families welcome new additions during National Adoption Month


November is National Adoption Month and Wednesday families across Angelina County are sharing the love.

Three families welcomed new additions Wednesday morning during the adoption day celebration in Angelina County.

"The families have opened up their homes to children and children get the gift of a forever family," said Kristi Hachtel, CPS Supervisor Angelina County.

The Angelina County Courthouse was filled with families, CPS workers and local non-profits celebrating the 7th annual event. CPS Supervisor Kristi Hactel says the adoption process is a long one and some of the cases they have can go from 12 to 18 months.

"It's a journey we've taken with these families and most importantly, these children are not raised in the system forever," said Hachtel.

Today there are almost 6,400 children in Texas Foster Care and officials believe for children to grow up healthy they need a connection with a family.

"Longer than just graduating from High School but its getting married and having children of their own, they need a family to come home to," said Hachtel.

 Mitizi Smith and her husband adopted two children this past may and she's thankful for the opportunity to give them a better life.

"All the children deserve better than what they have and if you can help them that's what you need to do," said Smith.

 Karen Lawrence adopted 15 year-old Kala today and says more people should consider adoption because so many children need someone to love them.

"Its a lot of fun and very rewarding, its just something I feel God wanted us to do," said Lawrence.

 Last year 5,003 children and teens were adopted from state care but despite the many success stories there are still children hoping and waiting for their forever family.

"They're a gift from God and we treasure those gifts and we see those families grow and make changed and then they spread that joy and that love out to other people," said Hachtel.

  Last year Angelina County CPS adopted 14 children into "forever families".

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