|Published:||Nov 16, 2012 8:32 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 16, 2012 8:35 PM EST|
Naples, FLA., For the last 16 years, Veronica Ann Yanez, has gone by that name only.
"Today everything was just so much more real," says Yanez.
She was adopted and is now a part of the Gendron family.
"Things are much easier because I know I will be going to the same school, I'm going to go to the same house, and the same bed."
Tears of joy flew down her face when the judge read Yanez her new, legal name... Veronica Ann Yanez-Gendron.
It was a real bonding moment between a father and his new daughter.
"Thats basically our bonding moment because we know it's finally true, it's finally here, we got what we wanted," says David Gendron.
Her biological mom has been in and out of jail for the last four years.
"It was kind of crazy, a little chaotic, really hard."
So now that the adoption has been made official, David Gendron has been able to keep a promise he once made.
"We were really waiting for this day. I promised her two and a half to three years ago that when all this went down I will take her, I will be her father. I hold my word to her, I love her, I love her like I love my other kids."
Judge Elizabeth Krier finalized the adoptions for 8 other children also being adopted by other families. Tonight homes are full and families are complete.
"It takes a lot of effort, a lot of love and that's a very special thing. You don't get to see this everyday," says Judge Krier.
"Nobody can take me now, Im done."
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