LAFAYETTE — Happy tears were shed in a courtroom on Thursday as eleven foster children were officially adopted.
In celebration of National Adoption Month, the Lafayette Regional Department of Children and Family Services held an Adoption Day Celebration with a mass adoption. Today, the Green family grew by two.
After two and a half years of being in the foster care system, 9-year-old Kaiden Green and his 4-year-old brother Elijah were adopted together.
"I actually have a good family that I'm safe with, because now I feel protected with the family," Kaiden Green said.
Kaiden and his younger brother first met the Green family last year, the day after Christmas.
"I was a little bit scared, but still a little bit excited," Kaiden said.
His new parents have eight biological children. Although most of them have left the nest, Kaiden says he enjoys the company.
"I know everybody loves me, and if I know that, I know I'm protected," he said.
His adoptive father, Daniel Green, says that after attending a prayer vigil, adoption was something he felt he needed to do.
"To seek out and give children a secure home, because we believe all children need a secure home," Green said.
Now, the two boys officially have a place to call home for the holidays. The Lafayette Regional Adoption Unit currently has 28 foster children who need an adoptive home.