Court to celebrate Michigan Adoption Day

The Family Division of the Oakland County Circuit Court has announced that its annual Adoption Day celebration will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium located in the Oakland County Courthouse at 1200 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac.

This year's ceremony will recognize Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha D. Anderson, who will be presented with the "Arthur Eugene Moore Champion of Children" award. The award is named in memory of the former Oakland County judge who was instrumental in the development of many programs geared to the special needs of children and the prevention of delinquency.

Over the last two years, under a pilot project, Anderson exclusively handled the "Permanency Docket" that quickened the permanent placement of children in abused and neglected cases. The Permanency Docket was created by the Oakland County Adoption Forum Committee that is comprised of members of the Circuit Court Family Division, the Department of Human Services (DHS), private service agencies, attorneys, and Court Appointed Service Advocates (CASA) of Care House. It reduces delays in court process and procedure as it pertains to these types of cases. As a result of the Permanency Docket and the impact it has made in children's lives, the Adoption Forum Committee was recently named as a recipient of the Michigan Supreme Court's Robert E. Weiss award for excellence in court improvement.

"Oakland County is fortunate to have such outstanding jurists and staff dedicated to the needs of children," stated Judge Joan Young, presiding judge of the Circuit Court Family Division. "The Robert E. Weiss award recognizes that for more than fifty years, our courts have striven to develop programs and policies which focus on families and children. I join in applauding Judge Anderson and the Adoption Forum for their tireless efforts."

The ceremony will include remarks from Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan, musical presentations, and the finalization of six adoptions by family division judges. Newly adoptive families, along with their extended families and friends, will be joined by the judges, Adoption Unit staff, DHS agencies, and private service providers for refreshments afterwards.

Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2009