LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan is celebrating adoption with public events in at least 30 counties and at the Supreme Court in Lansing.
Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. will join judges from Lenawee and Midland counties in approving adoptions Tuesday at the Supreme Court. Young will also present Judge Dorene Allen of Midland with a lifetime achievement award for serving families.
Young says the final legal steps in adoptions usually are done in private. But he says courts handling adoptions open their doors to the public at least one day a year to see the joy of families.
Young and other officials hope it inspires people to consider adoption. About 2,300 children were adopted through the state or private agencies in the budget year that ended Sept. 30.