Child welfare worker adopts teen she has been helping to find a family

CORPUS CHRISTI — A dream came true for a local foster child who never had a permanent place to call home. That all changed thanks to one family who granted his wish, 24 hours before it was too late.

Damien Cavazos waited his whole life for a family to call his own and he was all smiles Tuesday after being adopted into his new family

“It’s just real special, I got adopted and its one day right before my birthday. I’ve always wanted brothers and sisters and now I have them and everything,” Damien said.

Damien turns 18 years old Wednesday and would’ve aged out of the adoption system, leaving him with no one to call Mom and Dad. Rebecca Cavazos, a child protective services employee, wasn’t going to let that happen.

“They were unable to adopt him so Tuesday morning I walked into my boss’s office and I told her I’m not taking no for an answer and he’s going to be my son,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca had been working to get Damien adopted since November, when she first met him at an adoption event.

“I said why are you sitting back here in the corner, he said, ‘nobody wants me they want the little ones,'” Rebecca said.

Damien always believed that parents were only interested in adopting young children into their homes but his wish came true in the court room when Judge Brent Chesney made it official.

“Thank you for making it come true, it was a good birthday wish,” Damien said.

Rebecca and her husband Steven say they are the modern day Brady Bunch with 3 girls and two boys of their own and now a third son. She says she couldn’t be happier.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more and my children and my family are amazing,” Rebecca said.

Damien plans to go to Carroll High School and join the ROTC program.

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