State Supreme Court Turns Focus to Adoption

By: Lindsay Veremis Email
By: Lindsay Veremis Email

The Michigan Supreme Court took a time away from cases Tuesday to focus on finding loving homes for deserving children. About 3,000 children are in foster care right now, waiting for permanent homes.

The court says that's too many and it's hoping the state's Adoption Day will change that.

Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. said it was a morning in court, unlike any other.

"We don't see a lot of smiles, we certainly don't hear a lot of applause and cheers and hugs," Young said.

A morning, where the parties came to unify not debate. There wer no briefs, no oral arguments, only open arms and open hearts.

"It really changes your perspective on life, it's not about you it's about what you can do and provide for him," Marie Carter, said of her adopted 4-year-old, Zen.

Carter and her husband Tom joined a number of families making it official before the Supreme Court. Zen is now family.

Carter says that means the world. "It's Thanksgiving this week, so we have a lot to be thankful for," she said.

The court ceremonies are usually private, but the court wanted to call attention to the gift of family and the great need for loving homes.

"It's essential to a sense of well being to feel that you belong somewhere, that you are permanently associated with a family," Young explained.

"It's a gigantic commitment and it's difficult sometimes, but it's one of the most important things you can do," Marquette County Judge Michael Anderegg said.

Lansing wasn't the only city in the state to host Adoption Day events, 33 counties celebrated finalized adoptions and offered information on the process.

Carter hopes more will consider it.

"My husband and I have been trying to conceive for many years and haven't been able to," she explained. "I never thought it would be possible to be as connected as I am to another child outside of myself... it is. So my advice is, absolutely."

The Department of Human Services says the need fro homes is significant, but the state is making progress. More than 2,500 adoptions were completed in fiscal year 2012.


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