Eight may be enough in the reasoning of some, but it’s just right for the local families who will celebrating National Adoption Day Monday by finalizing procedures that will officially bring new young members to their households.

Sherrel Mathews, program administrator for ongoing services with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Brownwood, said the department expects to finalize eight adoptions Monday. A reception in their honor will be held at 11 a.m. at Adams Street Community Center, and a luncheon will follow.

“This will be in conjunction with National Adoption Day, a day when large and small communities throughout the United States are recognized as unprecedented numbers of courts open their doors to finalize the adoption of thousands of children in foster care and celebrate all families that adopt.”

More than 114,000 children in foster care throughout the country are waiting to be adopted by permanent, loving families, Mathews said.

“Many of these children have been waiting years to be adopted,” Mathews said. “National Adoption Day will serve to raise the public’s awareness of the ever-growing need for adoptive homes for these waiting children.”

Family-court judges, volunteer lawyers, adoption professionals, child advocates and community volunteers are also expected to attend.