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September, 2014
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Back-to-School Safety 101:

Hope for the Best…..Prepare for the Worst!

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The War on Food Waste

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 National Adoption Day Celebration.

Children Find New Families.

There were smiles all around and some happy tears as well, during the National Adoption Day celebration recently at Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court. The annual observance celebrates adoptive families and the children they take into their lives and homes. Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch presided over the court and had praise for the families. She said that anyone can adopt. “There is no single cookie-cutter recipe for adoptive parents. Anyone can change a child’s life for the better. Adoptive parents can be single, older or come from many different backgrounds or walks of life”

About 100 adoptions are completed in Thurston County each year and many more children are waiting for a family. Judge Hirsch says there are about 9,800 children in foster care in Washington State and many have to wait two years or more for adoption. She told the packed courtroom that the hope is that people will learn about the situation and come forward to adopt.

Several families completed their adoptions in open court as part of the National Adoption Day Celebration ceremonies. Among them was a single parent who adopted three siblings so the children could stay together and other families adopting children ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers. The children were each given a teddy bear and the families were given flowers. A special reception followed with treats and activities for the kids and photographs of the newly changed families. (Items were donated by the community.)

To learn more about adopting, please visit this page on the Department of Social and Health Services web site.

By John Tennis

One family finalizes their adoption. One family finalizes their adoption.

Bears wait patiently for their new home. Bears wait patiently for their new home.