CPS fair brought together organizations to find foster children forever homes

Parents of fostered children say experience is rewarding

SAN ANTONIO – The Child Protective Services recruitment fair brought together organizations and child placement agencies dedicated to finding children in Bexar County their forever homes.

Those in attendance formed a special chain of hearts, a circle connecting those willing to help as the names of children needing a home were read out loud.

"It’s kind of a humbling moment. It makes you realize that all the kids that are out don't that have a family," said Anthony Williams, who adopted a child in June.

Williams and his wife first fostered and then adopted 3-year-old Izabella.

"There's no words to describe the feeling that you get from being able to take someone else's child and make them part of your own family," Williams said.

Many children are still in the system, though. CPS said 800 children are waiting to be adopted. Some have been abused and neglected.

Maria Rodriguez and her wife adopted two children, Jayden and Larissa.

"We didn't hesitate to go looking for them and letting them know that there was indeed family that cared about them," Rodriguez said.

Williams said making a difference in a child's life changed his life forever. He believes other people should look into it, too.

"Take the time to research it and learn that being a foster parent is really not a bad thing. It's very rewarding," Williams said.

For more information on how you can get involved to foster or adopt, visit the CPS website.