On Friday, dozens of foster children and their parents had their adoptions made official by a Bexar County judge.
A total 44 children were adopted into 23 different families as part of the Child Protective Services’ December Adoption Day Ceremony.
Bexar County Associate Judge Charles Montemayor said even though the families “weren’t given the miracle of life,” they gave the gift of family to the children.
“When I grant the adoptions the children are forever there's (the parents) and they're forever the children’s,” he said.
Traci Holmes adopted five brothers and sisters that were half-siblings to her two adult daughters. She’s raised them as her own children for the last three years and did not want to see them put back in the states foster care system.
“We just decided that this would be it and they are our children now,” she said. “It’s going to be a very special Christmas.”
The Espinosa family also got bigger on Friday. The couple adopted four children, all siblings, nearly two years ago.
No longer a foster parent, Alfredo Espinosa said he’s ready to spend the holidays with children he can now call his very own.
“The only thing that matters is family being united and together,” he said. “It'll be a real nice Christmas this year with the house being full with the kids.”