On Friday dozens of Connecticut’s foster children found a family to call their own as part of the state’s Adoption Day.
More than 70 foster kids are going home with their new families. The emotional ceremonies at courthouses across the state are a long time coming for many of the families adopting.
It was the moment Jennifer Hernandez had been waiting for.
"I never wanted him to get caught up in the system," Hernandez said between wiping her tears and holding her soon-to-be son’s hand
Hernandez is the grandmother of four-year-old Prynce and a former foster care child herself.
"I felt like it was my duty I needed to give him a voice since no one else could," Hernandez said.
Her youngest daughter is no longer able to take care of her son and Hernandez was determined he wouldn’t end up in the foster care system.
"Today is so different I don't know where he would have ended up," Hernandez said.
While she admits the four year process hasn’t been easy, she’s had help from another former foster care child turned social worker.
"This is my very first adoption, I've had Prynce on my caseload for about a year," Chelsea Loughin said.
Twenty-five-year-old Chelsea Loughin was just adopted five years ago.
"I just want to be able to do that for another child because no child should not have a family, everybody should have that because even at 25 I still need parents," Loughin said.
The former foster care child is coming full circle to make another family complete.
"It's just everything this is why we do what we do, this isn’t an easy job by any means but days like today make it so worth it," Loughin said.
"Finally when I got that news I told him the light is finally shining on you and our day," Hernandez said.
As of September 2017, Department of Children and Families reported the state has 4,305 children in the foster care system.