With the theme of “Giving Thanks for Families,” courts statewide will celebrate Adoption Month, including here in Livingston County.

Livingston County families will celebrate the Thanksgiving season by welcoming new members to their families on Adoption Day. “Giving Thanks for Families” is a holiday tradition held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving each year, highlighting the importance of adoption and the needs of children in foster care. Adoptions are being finalized tomorrow for several local children. Livingston County Chief Judge Miriam A. Cavanaugh along with Michigan Court of Appeals Chief Judge Christopher Murray will preside over the ceremonies at the Livingston County Judicial Center on Highlander Way in Howell. Michigan Adoption Day is co-sponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Child Welfare Services division of the State Court Administrative Office, and Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE).

Adoption Day is said to be important to create the long lasting “forever families” for the children of Livingston County who are in need of permanency and stability in their lives. Local officials say they’re happy to be part of the event and provide the platform for these children to become part of their own forever family. (JM)