FORT WORTH -- It was a big day at the Tarrant County Family Law Center Friday. In honor of National Adoption Day, judges were on hand to grant adoptions to 40 families. In all, 66 kids became legal parts of their "forever families."
John and Debra Phillips were among the families adopting. They have three biological children and an adopted daughter already. And Friday, they added four more! The newcomers, all siblings themselves, bring the total number of Phillips kids to eight!
"I never imagined myself as a big family kind of guy," said John. "But it's a lot of good times. Never a dull moment."
Aurora Phillips is 11, and spent the better part of two years in foster care before officially becoming a Phillips.
"I've been looking forward to this for a very long time," she said. "I'm trembling!"
Judge Jean Boyd presided over several adoptions Friday, including the Phillips. She says these annual Adoption Days, which Tarrant County has been having since 2,000, are one of her favorite days of the year.
"These are children who have come from very hard places," said Judge Boyd. "They've been victims of abuse or neglect, and they've been waiting for a loving permanent home. And today, we can give them that. You can't help but love National Adoption Day!"