For Immediate Release - November 22, 2013

Juvenile, Probate and Family Courts Celebrate National Adoption Day

BOSTON, MA -- At National Adoption Day events today in six courthouses across the state, judges legalized the adoptions of 130 children from state foster care to their "forever families".

Adoptions were finalized throughout the day in Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts in Boston, Brockton, Pittsfield, Salem, Springfield and Worcester. During an opening ceremony at the Hampden County Juvenile Court, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey said of the adoptive parents, "The willingness to open your hearts and your homes is humbling and inspiring... For each child, you provide stability, security and guidance, for you are giving them the foundation to provide their children with the same. You have given your children a great gift."

In her remarks during the Boston ceremony, Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez said, "Today's event makes dreams come true for these children and the adults who are opening their homes and their hearts. Together we are creating new families with all of the responsibilities and joys involved with raising a child."

Other speakers included judges and court leaders, staff from the Massachusetts Adoption Resources Exchange (MARE), Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) staff, elected officials, and adoptive parents. Children participated in activities throughout the day, with games, toys and refreshments generously donated by local and national businesses.

National Adoption Day is one of several projects supported by the Massachusetts Court Improvement Program, which receives federal funds and is administered by the Supreme Judicial Court. The day aims to draw attention to the thousands of children currently in state care who are in need of adoptive families. Currently 7,000 children are living in foster care in Massachusetts.

The National Adoption Day Planning Committee included court personnel from the Probate & Family and Juvenile Courts, DCF staff members, MARE staff members, Cambridge Family & Children's Services, and community leaders. Click here to learn more about National Adoption Day.