McKINNEY, Texas(CBSDFW.COM) –  More than 300 people packed a Collin County courtroom, not for a high-profile trial, but a celebration for an 8-year-old boy who has spent half his life in foster care.

Nike Garza was adopted on Monday by David and Kristi Schwartz.

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He has found his forever family that includes two other children (one of which is also adopted).

Nike (bottom row, left), family and judge on adoption day (courtesy: Buckner International).

At his adoption, Nike was surrounded by his new family and friends, as well as his 2nd grade class, church, his parents’ co-workers, the PSHS Planoettes (sister’s drill team), Buckner Foster Care and Adoption staff and CPS.

Even Nike’s favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, helped him celebrate.

They sent a football signed by his favorite player, Dak Prescott, and the entire 2019 team, plus additional Cowboys swag and apparel.

Nike Garza receives gifts from the Dallas Cowboys. (courtesy: Buckner International)

Buckner International tweeted a highlight video of the event, and said, “Nike Garza has been in #fostercare for 1,553 days (half of his life), and today he was #adopted by his forever family. Thank you to the @dallascowboys for making Nike’s #adoption day even more special! #HopeShinesHere”

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In 2019, there were 442,995 children in foster care in the U.S, — 34,161 in Texas.

Also last year, there were 1,750 kids waiting to be adopted in the DFW area.

Nike Garza’s adoption day (courtesy: Buckner International).

In Dallas, Buckner hosts free informational meetings about foster care and adoption every month.

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