One hundred Los Angeles County families celebrated National Adoption Day on Saturday, Nov. 19, after L.A County Superior Court judicial officers finalized the adoption of 136 children.
It was an early Thanksgiving for many, as the return of in-person adoption hearings after two years of pandemic restrictions sidelined proceedings such as those at Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park.
Judicial officers from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, pro bono attorneys from the Alliance for Children’s Rights and Public Counsel and officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services all took part in the adoption ceremonies, along with dignitaries such as L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Officials also held a virtual, online program on Saturday.
“The Court again looks forward to our National Adoption Day celebration to share in the one-of-a-kind joy created by these special children joining their forever families,” presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor said ahead of the event. “The true spirit of National Adoption Day lies in the permanence and stability of a loving adoptive home, and we thank our partners at the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Public Counsel and DCFS, along with our dependency judicial officers and court staff, who work together to bring this happiness to these loving families.”