Friday was Adoption Day for twelve area children who now have new forever families, just in time for the holidays.

It was a packed courtroom and there was plenty emotion, as foster families gathered in County Court at Law 5, finally seeing the special day they've been waiting for.

After a year of going through the adoption process, foster parent Cheryl Gibson is the proud new forever mom of two-year old Nicholas.

"There's so many children out there who need a home," Gibson said. "They will melt your heart. They are children, they just need someone to love them."

With the pound of a gavel, it was official for Cheryl, Nicholas, and 11 other children who were adopted just in time for the holidays.

"This is one of those special days all of us who work in this system get to enjoy," Judge Brent Chesney said. "CPS, CASA, everyone. This is a big day. We work really hard to make sure kids in Nueces County are taken care of."

Among those parents who found a place in their heart were Robert and Viola Morin, who can now call little Eric their son.

"It was a year process," Viola Morin said. "We got him from an environment that was unhealthy for him. We decided to bring him into a home that's filled with love and joy, and a bunch of kids."

While it was a joyous celebration for the families, there are still many more children who need a forever family; 360 children in South Texas alone.

"Look into it. Check it out. See if it's something to do. We have over 6,000 children statewide that are just like these children were when they walked into the courthouse," said John Lennan of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. "They didn't have parents. Now they do. But we still have a mission of finding parents for those 6,000 children."

To learn more about becoming a foster and or an adoptive parent, a meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 17, at the Northwest Library on McKinzie Road.