RAYTOWN, Mo. -- The adoption process can be long and tiring, but for many who do adopt, the wait is worth it.
At just 3 years old, Charle already knows the importance of this day. His brother Shaine was a little preoccupied, but it didn't take him long to figure out what was going on. Friday was adoption day for the brothers, a day his foster parents have been waiting since the boys walked through their door.
“I can’t imagine not having them around. I can’t imagine not having them in our world,” said Sha’rrell Haws.
When the Haws decided to foster three-and-half years ago, adoption didn’t cross their minds. Roger Haws says they couldn’t help falling in love. So they cemented that love through paperwork to make it official.
“He actually started calling us and asking us if we were going to be his mom and dad six-to-eight months ago,” said Roger.
More than 30 children waited to be adopted Friday afternoon.
Right now there are about 1,800 foster children in Jackson County alone. Nearly 500 are looking for adoption, but some never will be. Over a 12-month span ending in June, 2015, 258 Jackson County foster kids were adopted.
Sixty-one "aged out" of the system, turning 18 without a family or legal guardian. But that won’t happen to Shaine and Charle.
November 20th 2015, will always be the day the brothers have a forever family.