ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Eight hundred and sixteen days; days of bonding, hard work, and growing, but most importantly 816 days of love.
Arlene Galindo and her husband have always wanted a family and Bella and AJ were the missing pieces of that puzzle.
Arlene Galindo said, “We always thought we didn’t want to foster because we didn’t want to have them to be taken away before but it was amazing I just feel like we learned together we grew together. We all adjusted during those two years so by the time adoption came it was just a relief after that.”
According to the mother, the process was long but she wouldn’t trade it for the world.
“I remember my son praying every night. Every prayer was just ‘please let this be done already I already feel like I am a part of this family and he prays for kids to be adopted that is his one prayer every night,” she said.
AJ was just four years old when he was placed with the Galindo’s and his sister was one. Now, both AJ and his sister Bella are looking forward to their first Christmas together as an official family.
Arlene said adoption needs to be talked about more because there are so many kids in the system and not enough people adopting.
“If you are thinking about adopting do it because it is so worth it. It’s so rewarding in the end to see them happy, to see them have a forever home. Not only for them but for us too it changed our whole life,” said Galindo.
Here in West Texas, 119 children are looking for their forever families. The Galindo’s say if you haven’t considered adopting before to learn more and see if you can help a child in need.