BEAUMONT, TX -- It was an exciting day at the Jefferson County Courthouse. The courthouse was decked out in all things Wizard of Oz for the children who found their forever families. The children followed the "Yellow Brick Road" to the "Mayor of Munchkin City" better known as the 317th District Court Judge Larry Thorne's courtroom. 18 kids in all were adopted Friday. Ages ranged from alm ost 1-year-old to 16-years-old.
Anthony Berry, 16, is now with his forever family after he asked his teacher, Bennie Berry to adopt him. Anthony had never wanted to be adopted. That is until he met Ms. Berry. She is a teacher at Pathways Learning Center in Beaumont and Anthony was her student. She says she was surprised to learn he wanted her to adopt him.
"Well at first I thought he was making jokes until he actually explained the situation. And then we struck a deal, finish an assignment and then you can show me the website."
Probably the fastest assignment he had ever completed.
Anthony was the oldest child to be adopted in Jefferson County on Friday. He was one of 18 kids adopted. Even though he is one of the older ones finding his forever family, he thinks its never to late to start looking.
"If you have ever thought about adoption or didn't want to be adopted, actually try it cause you never know. Take into consideration that someone that doesn't love you, there is always someone that will love you."
If you are interested in adoption or would like to learn more visit Arizona Department of Child Safety.