Local foster care children find forever homes

Local foster care children find forever homes

Benton County families kicked off a journey of forever love Friday night for National Adoption Day.

The Tri-Cities community gathered inside courtroom B of the Benton County Justice Center to watch children find their permanent homes, hear from parents who have already adopted and to celebrate the memorable event with one of the lucky families.

Evangelina Sanchez and her husband Fernando adopted young Rosalie Diamond Friday after being her foster care parents for over a year.

Rosalie was born to a mother who was addicted to meth and she inherited her mother’s dependency. She was then taken away from her birth parents by child services. Her biological father is also Evangelina’s nephew.

According to Evangelina, she and her husband were already working on their foster care parent licenses before they found out about the birth of Rosalie.

Both of the Sanchez’s have been anxiously awaiting to finalize the adoption.

“I feel very happy and so does my husband, yea we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. We feel that we have accomplished a lot with her and we are very happy to have her in our lives,” Evangelina Sanchez said.

During the ceremony Evangelina and her husband Fernando legally changed Rosalie’s full name to Fernanda Sanchez.

Fernanda went home with her parents and a teddy bear of her choice.