Courts to mark National Adoption Day

Dave Stafford
November 15, 2012
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Judges in three Indiana courts will observe National Adoption Day on Friday by presiding over several uncontested adoptions and opening their courtrooms for media coverage of the events.

The Indiana Supreme Court this week issued an order authorizing broadcast of the proceedings to raise awareness of the children in foster care waiting to find permanent adoptive families. The events are as follows:

  • Allen Superior Judge Charles Pratt will preside over 30 to 45 adoptions during an all-day event supported by various community groups. The event is in Allen Superior Court Room 208, 715 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne.
  • Henry Circuit Judge Mary Willis will preside over eight to nine adoptions in Room 340 of the courthouse at 1215 Race St., New Castle. The event from 1 to 3 p.m. is a joint effort with Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Department of Children Services.
  • Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall expects three to five adoptions during a 1 p.m. ceremony at the courthouse, 53 E. Washington St., Knox.

On Nov. 8, Marion Superior Court marked National Adoption Month with a ceremony at the Indianapolis City-County Building that also included representatives of DCS.

“There are an estimated 510,000 children in foster care in the United States with more than 129,000 of them waiting to be adopted. In Marion County alone there are hundreds of children who are eagerly waiting to find loving, safe, stable and secure homes,” Marion Superior Probate Judge Gerald Zore said in a statement.

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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.