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11/08/06 - Smith County

Gift of Love: 3 Local Children Receive A Forever Family

As part of National Adoption month, seven East Texas children received their forever families in Smith County November 3. It was an exciting and emotional day to see those little faces light up, knowing they will be safe and loved forever. In this Gift of Love report, you'll meet one local family whose lives are about to change dramatically, for the good.

"We always thought that we could do something good for some children who may need a home. We didn't really know how to go about it until we saw KLTV's Gift of Love program," says Tracy Sessions.

That would be the beginning of a whole new life for Lisa and Tracy Sessions. Lisa has two grown biological children but wants to start over. "We never had any children together. We weren't able to and so it was something I really wanted my husband to experience," she says.

They started out as foster parents. Tracy remembers the first time he met the children. He says, "They pulled up in the van with their caseworker and I walked outside and I said, 'Oh Lisa look. They are so beautiful'".

They discussed adopting one. Then, a sibling group of three came along; 5 year old Lily, 4 year old Derek and 20 month old Jayla. Tracy says, "One day they came in and said, 'Can I call you Mommy and can I call you Daddy?' We're like, sure and it just went from there."

Now Lisa and Tracy can't imagine life without these children. "It makes the days go by faster. You know, just having them to love and care for and they're just so precious to us," says Lisa.

"It gives me a sense of what's really important and to me nothing is more important than to see a smile on a healthy child's face and for them to know they are loved and no matter what, Daddy's going to look out for them," says Tracy.

Making these children a permanent part of their family took some time and a lot of paperwork but they say it was all worth it last Friday when they officially became a family at the Smith County courthouse.

Judge Carole Clark asks the children, "Do you know why you came to visit me today?" Lily quickly responds, "Cause I want to be a Session and I'm going to be with my mom and dad forever."

"It makes me feel really good. I don't see myself as anything great about doing this I see it as I'm glad that God gave me the sense to know that you have to reach out to others. You can't just be selfish," says Tracy.

Lisa adds, "We get so much love from them and so much joy in watching them grow but I really think we're the lucky ones."

Then, Judge Clark proclaims, "I hereby grant this adoption." Another adoption sealed with the Gift of Love.

If you'd like to know more about adoption call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.

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