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National Adoption Day

It's National Adoption Month, and Friday is National Adoption day. The Department of Family and Protective Services and the Children Protective Services Program have been hosting events throughout the state to bring awareness to the thousands of children still awaiting their "forever families". Friday morning, a ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church recognizing the adoption of almost 40 children. One mother shared her inspirational journey of adopting a two-year-old special needs child.
It's National Adoption Month, and Friday is National Adoption day.

The Department of Family and Protective Services and the Children Protective Services Program have been hosting events throughout the state to bring awareness to the thousands of children still awaiting their "forever families".

Friday morning, a ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church recognizing the adoption of almost 40 children.

One mother shared her inspirational journey of adopting a two-year-old special needs child.

Connie Gonzalez has the story...

For almost two decades, Veddar Savage, has been using her medical training to assist foster families, that's where she met the newest member of her family.

Savage, a certified nurse, has two grown biological children, but her house stays full with three young special needs boys.

This year, Savage brought home a spirited two-year-old to become a part of her loving family.

Veddar Savage met Newman when he was just 4 months old instantly feeling a loving bond.

"We are just so thankful to be at this point to where we are finalizing this adoption and he will be mind, all mine."

Shortly after Newman was born he suffered a stroke and immediately taken into surgery.

He lives with paralysis on the right side of the body, vision and speech problems, and is fed through a gastrostomy feeding tube inserted in his abdomen.

"You gotta be ready for anything, and you gotta be ready to conquer anything. It's a challenge, but as you see we outweigh that challenge."

Just two and a half years old, Newman has endured four major surgeries, but this toddler is a fighter.

A certified nurse for 17 years, Savage says Newman's condition was never an issue.

"For me, working around this for this long, he's a normal kid."

In Texas, over 5,000 children were adopted last year, but Savage hopes more families step up and adopt the thousands of children still awaiting their "forever families".

"It don't take a perfect person to love a child like this, just a perfect parent. I know that there are some out there.

With two more specials needs boys at home, Savage says she hopes to adopt again in the future.

"Hopefully he's not my last, because there are a lot of Newman's out there, there's just not a lot of me out there."

Formerly known as Newman Louis Herrera, after Friday's ceremony, Newman's name will legally change to Newman Sky Herrera Savage in memory of another one Veddar's children that passed away.
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