PHOENIX, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Saturday was National Adoption Day, and in Maricopa County, more than 260 kids now have a place to call home.
"We got him in our home, and the first week we were there, we were kind of hovering about, 'I think he's supposed to be ours'," said Sean Barba, who, along with his family, welcomed a new baby boy to their family. "Which was really interesting. We were not expecting that at all. We were gonna foster."
The new member in the Barba family is named Andrew, and the Barbas have had him for two years. For many foster families, being able to finalize adoption paperwork and take their child home, is a day that cannot be put into words.
"It was a very long, emotional process," said Angela Barba. "But he's worth everything. Yeah, it's been awesome."
"It's a chance for these kids to have a life that they wouldn't have had, if they would have stayed put," said Marian laird, who adopted a son.
For some family, adoption is also their silver lining.
"We weren't able to have children of our own, so we didn't plan on adoption at first, we thought of other routes," said Kimber and Nick Zander. "But it just worked out. Everything went so quickly and turned out fantastic."