JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - “Do you love Jackson like he was your own?” asked second year law student Christopher Carlson to a mother.
“Yes!” Zachary shouted out in response, answering the question for his new mom.
Zachary was one of 17 children involved in a mass adoption Tuesday afternoon.
“You see the room right now? It is full of new families.”
The Adoption Legal Clinic at the Mississippi College School of Law specializes in adoption to secure permanent families for children in foster care.
Carlson, along with five other students, were accepted to the clinic.
"I'm not a Mississippi native, so coming down here and getting the chance to go into some communities and pop into some people's lives for just a couple hours a day really makes me feel good."
Tammy Watson and her husband are officially adopting their 2-year-old grand-daughter, Abby. “We are adopting her to be our little girl.”
In her sixties and a mother of grown children, Watson says she is excited for another go around.
“This is so much funner because you’re not young. We’ve got money in the bank. We can go do whatever we want. We can buy clothes whenever we want. I’m a mother of five, so it was real hard when my kids were coming up to afford things but she’s an only child so she gets everything.”
Julie Seaton and her husband have been long time foster parents, however they are also adoptive parents. Today, their third son Aaron was officially adopted.
“We have two second graders and a third grader and they all go to school together and they’re brothers. If you ask them, they are brothers and now they all have the same last name.”