For families across the country, November 17 is a very special day; it’s National Adoption Day. In Dallas, two families celebrated the official start of their new lives together.
McKee and Maria Smith, intending to adopt children, began by fostering. Their second placement was 14 months old. The boy, Brec, was available for adoption and joined the Smith family just before his second birthday. The Smiths continued fostering infants and also welcomed Kylie when she was eight months old.
Maria says, "We cared for Kylie for 11 months. Then we got word that her birth family had relinquished their rights and we began planning to adopt her. We were grateful to participate in National Adoption Day in Collin County on the 17.”
Braylon was a ten-year-old boy in CPS custody when he met Tori Hindman. She was a social worker who managed his case and had previously fostered teen boys in her home. Last January, when they met again, Braylon was approaching 13 and still in foster care. His case was assigned to PCHAS.
Case workers are not permitted to foster children within their agency. Tori had started fostering for PCHAS in 2017, so she was able to invite the boy into her own home. Even though Tori was single and had already raised a child, she wanted to include him in her family permanently. “I knew he was my son,” Tori says, “but I wanted him to make that decision for himself. Over the summer, Braylon asked me to adopt him. Then I knew he felt safe enough to ask and trusted that my answer would be yes.” On the eve of National Adoption Day, they made it official: Tori adopted Braylon.
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