The Family Division of the Oakland County Circuit Court will celebrate the 15th Annual Celebration of Michigan Adoption Day on Nov. 21 with the finalization of seven adoptions.
The 15th annual Oakland County event coincides with Michigan Adoption Day events held at over 30 other courts around the state, which highlights the importance of adoption and the needs of children in foster care.
In 2016, 313 children were adopted compared to 387 in 2015 and 288 in 2014. The number adopted out of foster care has increased from 106 in 2014 to 153 in 2016.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. inside the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, in Pontiac, as four families will welcome new children into their homes.
The adoption ceremony will be led by Chief Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant and Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division judges including Mary Brennan, Lisa Gorcyca, Lisa Langton, Jeffrey Matis, Karen McDonald and Victoria Valentine.
Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Amy Ronayne Krause will be on hand to present a proclamation and celebrate the adoption finalizations as well.
• According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there are 13,000 children in foster care.
• In Fiscal Year 2017, more than 1,900 children were adopted through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and partner adoption agencies.
• In 2016, there were 12,666 children in foster care.
• Of that number, 2,105 were adopted out
In conjunction with Michigan Adoption Day, the family division judges will present two awards recognizing individuals whose contributions have significantly and positively influenced the lives of children in Oakland County.
Gorcyca, presiding judge of the family division, will be presented with the first “Joan E. Young Champion of Children” award, named after the Honorable Joan Young who retired in 2017 after serving on the circuit and probate benches for 28 years,19 of which were in the family division.
The “Sandra Silver Advocate for Children” award, named after the late Honorable Sandra Silver who served in the probate court for 12 years, will be presented to Lawyer Nadine Hatten, of the Law Firm of Nadine Hatten PLLC.
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