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 National Adoption Day Ceremonies

Celebration held at Thurston County Family Court

You sometimes see tears in a courtroom, but they are not often tears of joy and usually not combined with laughter, small children talking and toddlers walking up to a judge who is speaking. But if you were in one Thurston County courtroom November 15th you saw “all of the above”. That’s because Thurston County Family Court was celebrating National Adoption Day. This annual celebration is to honor those families who adopt and to encourage others to do the same.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch presided over the ceremonies with assistance from Judge Lisa Sutton and others. As Judge Hirsch said, “We don’t typically have so many children in the courtroom, nor so many smiling faces. We want to make this day special for the five families who are adopting five children into their homes today. Judge Sutton and I have the honor of finalizing the adoptions and signing the decrees for these very special families.”

Dozens of foster children around the state and thousands across the country were being adopted as part of National Adoption Day ceremonies. The observance helps to spread the word that these children all need a “forever” home. Twenty counties in Washington were taking part. As of October 15th, there were 7,847 children in foster care in Washington State. Of those 1,623 lost both parents and are waiting for adoption. Hundreds of kids are waiting the Olympia area alone. Judge Hirsch noted that there is no one particular type of family suitable for adoption. “Adoptive parents can be of many different backgrounds; a single parent, it does not matter.”

Each year approximately100 adoptions are completed in Thurston County – with stepparents, domestic partners, individuals and couples choosing to be life-long parents. These families make a real difference in the lives of children and the community as a whole.

The event is sponsored by Thurston County Superior Court’s Family and Juvenile Court, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and the Thurston County Bar Association.

For more information on adoption in Washington State please visit this DSHS page.

By John Tennis

Bears waiting to go home with an adopted child. Bears waiting to go home with an adopted child.

Judge Sutton congratulates a family! Judge Sutton congratulates a family!