Dozens of Pima County children adopted in annual "Adoption Day Celebration"
Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a day Manuel Chavarria Gonzelez has been waiting for, for over a decade. The fact that Manuel is 12, says a lot.
"Well at the time when we were in the system I thought all hope was gone until we all came back. I'm pretty happy," Chavarria Gonzelez said.
Saturday, the 12-year-old and his three younger brothers were adopted by their biological great-aunt.
He and his brother's are four of 80 children that were adopted during the 13th annual Pima County Adoption Day Celebration at Tucson's Udall Park today. The event coincided with National Adoption Day.
During the event, Juvenile Court judges formalized adoptions in pseudo outdoor courtrooms.
"It's over now [and] we can call her mom. We're all going to be a happy family," Chavarria Gonzelez told 9OYS reporter, Cory Marshall.
Their story is moving, but it's not the only one.
The Robertson's also participated in the annual celebration.
Twelve-year-old Kevin and 11-year-old Chloe Robertson are brother and sister. This is the third time the pair is being adopted.
Seventy-four percent of children adopted during the event were part of the Department of Economic Security foster care system.
"I feel like this is the home I'm going to stay in forever," said Chloe Robertson, before turning to her new parents to thank them.
After the adoption is finalized, families have the opportunity to take what will be the first of many official family photos.
Organizers say 58 families took part in the event.