Courts across Michigan opened their doors Tuesday as part of the fourth annual National Adoption Day. Normally, adoption hearings are closed to the public, but to raise awareness and celebrate families, the courts opened their doors, and families opened their hearts to tell their stories.
There are 19,000 foster children in Michigan. The state says 4,600 of those children are available for adoption, and possible homes have been found for 4,200 of them. Many of those children looking for homes are teens and pre-teens. And the state says those are the age groups with the largest need for adoptive families.
Family Court Judge Janelle Lawless says it's wonderful to a part of creating new families, and wants the stories of adoption to serve as encouragement for others. National Adoption Day is scheduled to allow the new families to celebrate the holidays together.