MCLENNAN COUNTY -- Adopting a child is no easy task.
"It's not something that happens over night," said Julie Moody, Child Protective Services spokesperson.
But it could drastically change a child's life for the better and in McLennan County there are over 2,000 kids holding out hope for that change.
"They want to be someone's somebody. They want to mean something to someone and not just in care and in an unknown future," said Sherry Harris, foster and adoptive home development specialist in Waco.
A lot of these kids were abused and neglected.
In 2011 there were 794 confirmed victims of abuse and/or neglect in McLennan County.
205 of them had to be removed from their homes.
"There must be foster parents in the Waco area ready and able to care for these children when a judge removes them from their home," said Moody.
"We need people who want to be parents, who want to make a difference with children and who want to do something positive in a child's life," said Harris.
Harris said the need for adoption is greatest with the older children.
"Of every race, specifically African American children, seven and up or definitely ten and up need to be adopted," said Harris.
On Monday, June 11th there's a meeting at the department of family and protective services branch in Waco to learn more about ways you can help.
"Those are my little survivors because they have dealt with the worst of it and they've come through and their moving on, so we just need adults who are willing to help them move along in a positive way," said Harris.