WICHITA FALLS – There are more than 5-thousand children available for adoption in the U.S. and about 75 of those are right here in Wichita Falls.
As National Adoption Awareness Month is this month, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services hosted an Adoption Day this afternoon at the Wichita County Courthouse.
Just in time for the holidays, nine children, ranging in age from one year old to 15, now have a new family to call their own.
Not many dry eyes in 78th District Court today, that’s because families like the Holley’s finally get the chance to bring a bundle of joy home, 2-year-old Tayla Rain Holley.
Brooke Holley said, “My heart always just wanted to adopt her, she was just so sweet. I mean, you can’t help but love her, whenever you see and you spend time with her, you just fall in love with her.”
Cameron Holley continued to say, “I didn’t know that it would change my life to the extent that it has and there’s no doubt in my mind that I will love her until my last breath.”
This is Brooke and Cameron Holley’s first adoption, and for them, Thanksgiving and Christmas will no longer be the same.
Brooke told us, “We’re just excited. All new family traditions and Santa’s already brought a couple of toys.”
Each year, right around the holiday season, thousands of children get the chance to find that perfect family they’ve always been looking for.
Brooke said, “The timing worked out perfect and sometimes in life, timing is everything and just believe that God worked the timing out in our favor and that she was always supposed to be here.”
In another adoption, 4-year-old Jesse Ray Cohn can’t help but share his enjoyment with his new brothers Haiden and Jaxon.
Joshua Cohn told us, “It’s pretty amazing. It’s something you can really cherish.”
The Cohn’s added number 6 to their family, and they say a full house has always been in the cards.
Joshua and wife Amber Ley Cohn said, “If I couldn’t have kids, I wanted to adopt. We always talked about having some and adopting some whenever we were dating and after we got married, we weren’t able to have kids so then we’ve just got into foster care and adopted through foster care.”
The Cohn’s may not be done, as they look to adopt a little girl in the near future, and caseworkers say they hope more families, like the Holley’s and Cohn’s, will open their hearts and homes to the nearly 4-thousand children and teens in the state waiting patiently to find a forever family.
We also want to remind you that every Tuesday’s right here on KFDX and our sister station KJTL is Tuesday’s Child. It’s a program that highlights Texoma families opening their homes to children in the foster care system.
Details on that, plus more on the adoption process, can be found by visiting Tuesday’s Children.