LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI — Eight kids are finding permanent homes today in Tippecanoe County.
It's National Adoption Day.
Judge Tom Busch signed the final paperwork after meeting with parents and kids in the courtroom. Tana Owen adopted her two-year-old grandson Anthony. She's been taking care of him since he was an infant.
She said the process was long and difficult at points, but it was worth it.
"I'm looking forward to raising Anthony. Getting him on the right track. Hopefully, I can see him succeed as he grows. I'm feeling overjoyed," Owen said.
Melissa Darling adopted two children today. Darling already has two adopted children and she is currently fostering a young girl.
She said giving kids a good home is what she is meant to do.
"[Fostering was] just kind became my life. It's my world. It's everything I think about. It's all I dream about. Adopting, for me, was no question. It was just the next step," Darling said.
To make it official, the kids got to bang the gavel signifying the end of a long journey. If you are interested in adopting in Indiana, click here.