Mass adoption marks National Adoption Awareness Month

Scores of children officially adopted at Freeman Coliseum


More than 100 children were adopted Friday at a ceremony held this morning at the Exhibition Hall at Freeman Coliseum.

Sixty-three different families were adopting them and each had a unique reason for doing so.

Ida Salas officially adopted her three grandchildren: 6-year-old Enrique, 4-year-old Julian, and 3-year-old Alissa, who has spina bifida.

"They're my grandchildren and I wanted to keep them together. And they are such a blessing to me so I just had to keep them together," said Salas.

While many of the children being adopted were very young, some of them are old enough to understand they are getting a new chance in life.

"Today, (I got a) new life. (It will have a) good impact on myself. Much thanks to everybody out here and everything," said 17-year-old Jonathan Chavario.

"Today means a lot to me because its going to be a start of a new life. A new beginning. So it's going to be a new me. A new person of me ... and also spending time with this amazing man," said 13-year-old Annlisa Temayuca.

The "amazing man" she spoke of is her adoptive father, Manuel Rivera, who was also adopting Chavario.

"A lot of them are sitting in foster care right now because they prefer younger children. So I definitely wanted to challenge myself to get someone older," said Rivera.

There are approximately 6,500 children living in foster care in the state of Texas.

About two-thirds of those are not living with someone who plans on adopting them.

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