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.
For more information, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org.