By Elsa Maxey
A ceremony in Fort Bend celebrating National Adoption Day on Friday, November 20th signals the final adoption of 15 children ranging in ages from about 2 to 10 years.
In courtroom ceremonies at the Justice Center observing the special day organized by Child Advocates of Fort Bend, beaming grandparents, first time parents and other families adopting stirred exciting, ahhhh type emotions for what also included the adoption of twins.
Actually, the local event took place in five courtrooms, including Judge Brenda G. Mullinix’s 387th District Court at the Fort Bend County Justice Center on 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle.
Other courts involved in final adoption proceedings as part of the national day observance were Judge Ron Pope’s 328th District Court, Associate Judge Waler Armatys of the 328th District Court, Associate Judge Richard Bell, 387th District Court; and Judge David S. Perwin, 505th Judicial District Court.
This day has been described as “one of the more pleasant moments in court.”
National Adoption Day is observed annually before Thanksgiving every year, and locally its celebration began during retired District Court Judge Robert Kern’s tenure, when he presided over the 387th District Court. In previous years, both Judge Pope and Judge Kern finalized adoptions in two courts during National Adoption Day in Fort Bend County.
The special day raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving families.
It’s the beginning of a dream come true for many children and families in the celebration that finalize thousand of adoptions, which for which many of the youths have been waiting for years.
Reportedly, since its inception, there have been nearly 54,500 children adopted on National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Day, which began in 2000, has grown from nine events in its first year to more than 400 events throughout the U.S.
This year, it is expected that more than 4,000 adoptions from foster care will be finalized nationwide as a result of National Adoption Day.
Last year, approximately 4,500 youth in foster care were adopted by their forever families over the 15th annual national adopton day observance.