Vanessa Venegas and her newly adopted children, Chloe and Caden, smile on the family’s couch after the adoption was granted through the Child Protection Court’s adoption day on Nov. 23 via a Zoom call.

Child Protection Court of Central Texas Judge Melissa McClenahan asked Chloe Venegas, 9, if she knew what adoption meant.

As the young girl, and her brother Caden Venegas, 8, sat on her paternal grandmother Vanessa Venegas’s lap, she admitted that she did not know the word.

Katy O’Bryan is a staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at .

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