Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who grew up in a foster family, was the keynote speaker at the Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court in Hadley. Seated are Juvenile Court Chief Justice Amy Necthem and First Justice James Collins. Also attending the event in Hadley were Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey, Court Administrator Harry Spence, Sheriff Robert Garvey, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
Two children react after their adoptions are finalized in Hadley.
Newly adopted children celebrate in Brockton.
Those helping set up for the event in Brockton were, from left: Plymouth County Juvenile Court Assistant Clerk-Magistrate Kathleen Baptiste, UMass Boston Student Intern Jennifer Sullivan, Probation Officer James Quinn, Chief Probation Officer Joel West, and Assistant Chief Probation Officer Joseph Abber; from Norfolk County Juvenile Court were, from left: Office Manager Joan Miller, Law School Student Intern Jessica Wright, Case Coordinator Janet Steffanides, and Law School Student Intern Stefanie Loomis.
In Boston, backpacks filled with gifts donated from local businesses wait to go home with their new owners.
One of the many touching stories shared on the Adoption Day was that of the Brewster family from Dorchester, who adopted sisters Que Mya and Ty-Janee. When their new mom and Boston teacher Dainita Brewster read about their hope for adoption in the newspaper, she recognized them as students at her former school. Shown with mother and daughters is adoptive father Arthur Brewster, who was a featured speaker at the event in Boston.
Suffolk County Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston proclaims Gabriel Cruz, 2, officially adopted at the Brooke Courthouse.