Families interested in adoption gathered Thursday night for the 13th annual heart gallery of South Texas. 46 children who are seeking their forever family were displayed in 13 framed photos at the event.

The portraits were also on display to help promote public awareness to more than three thousand children throughout Texas that are looking for a permanent home.

Kiii News reporter Taylor Alanis was at the event and spoke to a family who found their son through adoption.

"I shed a bunch of tears privately, and I was super happy that I had a son and I love him like he's my own," said Gabriel Olivia who adopted his son David Gabriel Oliva.

Gabriel describes the moment he and his wife Jennifer found out the adoption of David went through.

"It was fun. I thought we were going to be the perfect fit," David said.

The Oliva's shared their adoption story at the 13th annual hearts gallery.

"It's really emotional, and it's really heartwarming because these are children we've worked with some for a few months and some for years who've been looking for their forever family, " said Child Protective Services adoption worker Jessica said.

Oliva's encourage those interested in adoption not to be afraid to inquire.

"Anybody can do it you know..if you have the desire to do it, the chances are you could do it, and there are organizations out there that can help," Jennifer said

"Just to see him grow and prosper and how much happiness he brings to our lives and that we can see in his life is just nothing. There's no substitute for it," Gabriel said.

Currently, there are over 3,300 children that need a forever home and almost 400 in South Texas alone.

Caseworkers hope that displaying the gallery around different venues will help those children find their loving families.

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