Margaret Hill always wanted her foster kids to become forever fixtures in her life, and on Saturday she took the leap.
The five siblings — Leeann, 14; Marissa, 13; Angie, 11; Isaac, 9; and Lorali, 6 — were among 65 children who gained permanent homes as part of National Adoption Day at Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center in West Dallas.
“They didn’t want to be anywhere else, and I said we can do this,” Hill said. “I think it was really what God always wanted me to do.”
For five years, Hill held back on adopting her foster children because she was afraid that as a black woman with five Hispanic children, they’d be picked on at school. But it didn’t matter to them.
“Your friends are probably not going to understand why you love me,” Hill said she told the children. “It’s the world we live in, but I’m hoping I can help change it.”
The courthouse was filled with a celebratory spirit, said Kathleen LaValle, executive director of Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates, which hosted Saturday’s day of adoptions. “So many folks here are family. Today just makes it official,” she said.
As families waited to become official, they were greeted in the cramped third-floor hallway by Wonder Woman, Batman and Spider-Man.