Adoption in Texas: Present Statistics & One Who Found His Forever Home

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The month of November is National Adoption Awareness Month. From within the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (at present) over 5,000 kids have been adopted this year alone, and approximately 6,600 are presently awaiting adoption. At the age of 16, Anthony Berry of Beaumont, Texas, has finally found his forever home after being adopted by a former teacher this month. Berry had been in the foster care system since 2010. Bennie Berrie, his former English teacher at Pathways Learning Center, has taken him in, officially making him the oldest child to be adopted in Jefferson County.

In a recent interview with NBC DFW, Anthony noted, “I did not think the day would ever come, because of the fact that I didn’t want to be adopted. Then I met my mom, and I started talking to her and we just kind of clicked.” A number of months into his school year at Pathways Learning Center, Anthony asked Bennie Berry to adopt him. Her response was sincere: “Well at first I thought he was just making jokes, until he actually explained the situation, and then we struck a deal — finish your assignment and then you can show me the website.”

Adoption in Texas: Present Statistics & One Who Found His Forever Home

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It was the fastest turnaround time Anthony had ever had on an assignment! For those that are still in the Texas foster care system, he says it’s never too late. They too can find their forever family. “If you have ever thought about adoption or didn’t want to be adopted, actually try it cause you never know. Take into consideration that someone that don’t love you, there is always someone that will love you. Just give it a chance.” If you or someone you know are interested in adoption or learning more about the children awaiting adoption visit the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange at