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MI Courts "Give Thanks for Families" Today

Dozens of adoptions will be finalized during Michigan Adoption Day. Courtesy: Michigan Supreme Court
Dozens of adoptions will be finalized during Michigan Adoption Day. Courtesy: Michigan Supreme Court
November 24, 2015

LANSING, Mich. - Adoptive families will be honored at courts around the state as part of Michigan Adoption Day. Today, dozens of adoptions are being finalized in special ceremonies as part of the yearly celebration.

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge David Viviano explains the events highlight the need to find permanent families for waiting foster children, while paying gratitude to adoptive families.

"It's the one day each year everyone in the courtroom has a smile on their face," says Viviano. "And the point of all of this is to raise awareness and hopefully inspire more families to open their hearts and homes to children through adoption."

He says there are about 13,000 children in Michigan's foster care system, and nearly 2,400 awaiting adoption.

According to Justice Viviano, about 1,700 children are adopted in Michigan each year, and the courts play a vital role in the process. He adds, Adoption Day events provide those in the judicial system an opportunity to pause and reflect on the importance of their work.

"The court is really in the front lines of initially protecting children from harmful situations, but then obviously, looking for more permanent placement so children can grow and develop into their young adulthood and hopefully, have the same opportunities that a lot of us have had," says Viviano.

Michigan Adoption Day is held annually the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This year's theme is "Giving Thanks for Families."

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - MI