Local family adopts 4 kids on National Adoption Day

59 children in Kern County now have a permanent place to call home. They were all adopted Friday at the 10th Annual Adoption Day.

59 children in Kern County now have a permanent place to call home. They were all adopted Friday at the 10th annual Adoption Day.

The ceremony was four times as nice for one Bakersfield couple. The Wood family adopted four children.

"I just love those kids. I can't talk," said Jacky Wood, who choked back tears as he took it all in.

In March, Wood and his wife Michelle became foster parents to Braylee, who has special medical needs. They fell in love with her and decided to adopt.

"Our original plan was only two at the most. When we got the baby and we found out her siblings were coming up for adoption as well," said Michelle Wood.

The Woods didn't want to separate the little girl from her two older brothers.

"So, when it came down to that, that's how we became the crazy family," she continued.

After a few signatures, a judge made it official. The family of four became a family of eight.

The Woods adopted one-year-old Braylee and her brothers, three-year-old Braysen and two-year-old Brody.

The three siblings also have a new, adopted big sister. The Woods also adopted 15-year-old Raquel.

"It's comforting. It feels good because I'm not going to go anywhere besides here, and no one can up and leave on me anymore," said Raquel Wood.

It is a commitment the Woods made to Raquel with a promise ring that symbolizes her new forever family and a new last name.

"We wanted to give her the promise of this is your forever family. This is your forever home, and we love you unconditionally, and this is where we want you to be," said Michelle Wood.

There are about 2,300 Kern County children in foster care and most will never return to their families. Last year, 299 kids were adopted.

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