10th Annual National Adoption Day Celebrated
Dozens of children who had been in state foster care were formally adopted on November 16 in courtrooms across the Commonwealth in celebration of the 10th annual National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Day festivities took place this year at the Worcester Trial Court; the George N. Covett Courthouse in Brockton; the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston; and the Essex County Juvenile Court in Salem. 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.
National Adoption Day Planning Committees included court personnel from the Probate & Family and Juvenile Courts, Department of Children and Families staff members, Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) staff members, and community volunteers. The committees facilitated the donation of gifts, toys and refreshments from a wide number of local businesses.
National Adoption Day is celebrated annually to bring attention to the thousands of children who are in foster care and encourage families to consider adopting a foster care child. To learn more about National Adoption Day and adoption from foster care in general, visit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) website, www.MAREinc.org. Information on the nationwide celebration is available at www.nationaladoptionday.org/.