Essex County Juvenile Court
Essex County Juvenile Court
November 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM
Massachusetts to Celebrate the Adoption of Children from State Foster Care on National Adoption Day, November 16.
On Friday, November 16, four courthouses across the Commonwealth will celebrate the adoptions of dozens of children who had been in state foster care. The events mark the Commonwealth’s 10th annual National Adoption Day festivities.
The National Adoption Day celebrations feature opening ceremonies in each courthouse with remarks by judges, other dignitaries, and some of the adopting families, as well as musical performances and other entertainment. Committees of court personnel, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) staff, MARE staff, and community volunteers have arranged for every child being adopted to receive a gift bag of toys, games, stuffed animals, gift certificates and more with items donated by local businesses and friends. National Adoption Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Court Improvement Program, a federally-funded program administered by the Supreme Judicial Court.
National Adoption Day ceremonies in Massachusetts take place at the following courthouses: • Worcester, Worcester Trial Court [Press Conference/Media Site] • Brockton, George N. Covett Courthouse • Boston, Edward W. Brooke Courthouse • Salem, Essex County Juvenile Court
After the opening ceremonies, the formal adoption ceremonies begin. Judges and adopting parents sign the official adoption certificates, and the children have the chance to bang the judge’s gavel to make it all official. Courts in all 50 states will also open their doors to legalize the adoptions of thousands of children from foster care and to celebrate and honor all families that adopt, marking the 12th annual nationwide National Adoption Days during the week before Thanksgiving. So far, more than 30,000 children have left foster care for permanent families, thanks to National Adoption Day ceremonies.
Why a National Adoption Day? Through no fault of their own, 7,000 children are living in foster care in Massachusetts right now. While most will return to their birth parents, 2400 have the goal of adoption; over 500 of those youngsters still need a permanent, loving family. Nationally, 107,000 children are waiting for adoption. National Adoption Day is celebrated to showcase adoption from foster care, and encourage other adults to see themselves as potential adoptive parents for the children who wait.
To learn more about National Adoption Day and adoption from foster care in general, visit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) website, www.MAREinc.org, or contact MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or 1-800-882-1176. Information on the nationwide celebration is available at www.nationaladoptionday.org/.
The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF), the Juvenile Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, the Probate and Family Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and local adoption agencies have organized this special day to celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more people come forward and give children what they need most – a “forever family.”
Dir., PR & Fundraising, Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)