AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — The Texas Department of Family Protective Services Office in Amarillo created a “Star Wars” themed event Thursday to mark National Adoption Day.
The organization brought 15 children and their 11 adoptive families to the Randall County courthouse to celebrate the beginning of their new lives.
The idea of adopting a child came to mind after Rusty Phares and his wife Crystal found out they were not able to have children. Nine years ago, they adopted a boy, and then, his younger sister.
"When Erin our oldest came home we knew just a little bit but God told us this was the right thing to do. After about a year we were able to finish that adoption short time later we found out about Emmalee and we were able to bring Emmalee home permanently there,” said Phares.
Recently, they learned that Aaron and Emmalee’s mother had another child, so CPS occasionally brought little Jenna around to get to know her siblings.
"Once Jenna came home I really wanted her to stay and so it was kind of hard for me to concentrate on what I was doing when she was doing her stuff," said Emmalee.
So on Thursday the family adopted Baby Jenna.
“We just knew we had to. It's a true sister for them and we could not say no. We knew we needed to expand the family," said Rusty.
CPS Adoption Supervisor Micah Smith said keeping a family together can have a positive affect on the kids.
"Our siblings are our memory keepers their people who know where we come from. They have the same shared experiences and to be able to keep those bonds is huge. They are the people who we will have the longest relationships of our lifetime with," said Smith.