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11th Annual Michigan Adoption Day Celebrates Forever Families

PHOTO: The Kaiser family is one of dozens across the state celebrating Michigan Adoption Day, as they legalize the adoption of their two sons, Andre and Desmond. Photo courtesy of Tessa Kaiser.
PHOTO: The Kaiser family is one of dozens across the state celebrating Michigan Adoption Day, as they legalize the adoption of their two sons, Andre and Desmond. Photo courtesy of Tessa Kaiser.
November 26, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Courtrooms aren't typically places filled with laughter, balloons and stuffed animals, but some of them in Michigan will be today, as families in 30 counties across the state finalize adoptions. Thanksgiving will come early for dozens of Michigan families taking part in Michigan Adoption Day, a day in which normally-private adoption finalization proceedings are open to the public.

Tessa Kaiser and her husband will finalize the adoption of two boys they've fostered since June, and she said she hopes other families will be inspired to open their hearts to kids in need of a "forever family".

"In our hearts we always knew that they would be ours forever, but to have that official, them having our last name and all that, just closes the deal," she declared.

There are currently more than 2700 kids in the Michigan foster care system with the goal of adoption. Those interested in adopting can learn more at the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange website, MARE.org.

Kaiser said she hopes her experience will also help families considering adoption understand that it really only takes one main ingredient to make it work.

"If you have love to share, you can bring in a child," she said. "Whether it's through foster or it's through adoption, It's easier than what people think."

This marks the 11th year Michigan's courts have held Adoption Day events. In addition to opening their doors so that the public can share in the stories and joy of adoptive families, many courts will offer informational seminars on adoption and foster care.

More information is at MARE.org.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI