Having a family is something that everyone longs for. Having a home and someone who loves and cares about you is not a luxury everyone has.

There are 101 children in Nueces County who are legally free to adopt. They don’t have a house or parents who love them. Some of these children don’t have a great history when it came to their biological family, according to John Lennan with Child Protective Services.

On Saturday, children in Nueces County will meet potential parents at the annual Adoption Awareness Picnic sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of South Texas.

Former Alice Rotarian Katrina Morris and her husband attended the picnic in 2015. With no intentions of adopting children they met three young boys who stole there heart.

Morris and her husband were there only to assist with the picnic, but soon the couple were buying a new home to fit the boys. They found themselves anxiously awaiting to be an instant family.

The boys did not have an easy start in the world, according to Morris. Now, they attend school, play in the school band and are involved with extracurricular activities.

Morris and her husband gave their hearts and a forever home to these boys. The boys now have a new life and a bright future.

According to Lennan, because of these adoption events there were 68 children in Nueces County who found their forever homes. There are still many children waiting for that home filled with love.

For more information on how to become a foster parent or to adopt, visit the adoptchildren.org website.

There will be two meetings at the CPS office located at 4201 Greenwood Drive in Corpus Christ. Meetings are at 11 a.m. and another at 6 p.m. If you would like to speak with a person call 1-800-233-3405 for details.