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Colorado courts celebrate National Adoption Day; 132 children to be united with permanent families

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DENVER – National Adoption Day is being celebrated in many of Colorado’s Judicial Districts throughout November, with judges and magistrates across Colorado finalizing the adoptions of 132 children into permanent families. Colorado is currently home to 283 children waiting for permanent families.

                “Adoption Day is a special event in Colorado where we celebrate children and families coming together to find their happily ever after,” said Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice. “I am pleased to see so many of our courts taking part in this annual celebration. Everyone involved with making these adoptions happen is to be commended for their hard work and devotion to finding children loving, caring homes.”

                Adoption Day events in Colorado are being coordinated through the courts, state and local human services departments, as well as other local and state child agencies and advocacy groups. 

                Following is a rundown of November’s Adoption Day activities in Colorado:

First Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin counties) – The First Judicial District will hold two Adoption Day celebrations in November. The first will be held in association with Adoption Options on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, from 1 to 5 p.m. in courtrooms 2E and 2F of the Jefferson County Courthouse (100 Jefferson Parkway, Golden, CO 80401).  Magistrates Andrew Fitzgerald and Marianne Tims will preside over adoptions for 15 families. Contact Adrienne Elliott with Adoption Options at 303-695-1601. The second Adoption Day celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Jefferson County Courthouse. Judges Margie Enquist, Gail Meinster and Tamara Russell will join Magistrate Jamin Alabiso in courtrooms 4A, 4B, 4C, and 4D to preside over the adoptions of 24 children into 18 families. Cameras are welcome. For more information contact Mallory Hyatt, Jefferson County Department of Human Services at 303-271-4389.

Second Judicial District (Denver County) – On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse (520 W. Colfax, Denver, CO 80204), Denver Juvenile Court Judges Donna Schmalberger and Laurie Clark will join Denver District Court Judge Robert McGahey and Magistrates Howard Bartlett and Lisa Gomez to unite 46 children with 31 families. This is the twelfth annual celebration of National Adoption Day in Denver.  Expanded media coverage has been granted – cameras are welcome. For more information, contact Barbara Bosley, Family Court Facilitator, Denver Juvenile Court, 720-337-0584 or 303-638-5098.

Third Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties) – Adoption Day will be celebrated in the Las Animas District Court (200 E. 1st St., Trinidad, CO 81082) on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at 2 p.m. Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht will preside over the adoptions of three children into two families. All families who adopted children in the Third Judicial District over the past year are invited to attend. Cameras will be allowed with the permission of the families. For more information, contact Joanne A. Montero at 719-497-8208.

Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County) – The Tenth Judicial District will celebrate National Adoption Day for the eighth year in a row on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Division 501 at the Pueblo County Judicial Building (501 N. Elizabeth Street, Pueblo, CO 81003).  District Court Judge David W. Crockenberg will preside over six adoptions.  Expanded media coverage has been granted. For more information, contact Amanda Ledbetter at 719-583-4716.

Twelfth Judicial District (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties) – The 12th Judicial District hosted a reception on Nov. 1, 2016, honoring all families who had adopted children and all children who had been adopted in the last year.  Twenty seven children were adopted into 18 families in the last year.  Members of the public, the Courts, Departments of Human Services, County Attorneys, County Commissioners were in attendance. Chief Judge Pattie Swift addressed the group and discussed the important role of adoptive families in the justice system and thanked DHS staff and attorneys for the work that they do. 

Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties) – On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon, nine children will be united with eight permanent families.  The proceedings will take place at the Adams County Justice Center (1100 Judicial Center Drive, Brighton, CO 80601) in courtrooms 601, 602 and 603. District Court Judges John Popovich and Jill-Ellyn Straus will join Magistrate Fran Simonet to preside over the docket. Cameras will be allowed in the courtrooms with permission of the families. For more information, contact Court Programs Coordinator Simone Jones at 303-654-3230.

Eighteenth Judicial District (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties) – Adoption Day hearings will be held in the Eighteenth Judicial District on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at both the Arapahoe County Justice Center (7325 S. Potomac St., Centennial, CO 80112) and the Douglas County Courthouse (4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109). Thirteen children will be adopted in Arapahoe County from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Division 14 with Judge Theresa Slade presiding. In Douglas County eight children will be adopted between 2 and 4 p.m. in Division 7 with Magistrate Rebecca Moss presiding. Cameras will be permitted in both Arapahoe and Douglas counties with written consent of the families. For more information, contact Shaun Clark, Deputy District Administrator, at 303-649-6382.

Twentieth Judicial District (Boulder County) – On Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, Boulder County will host a celebration of all families who adopted children in Boulder County in 2016.  No adoption hearings are currently scheduled, but County Court Judge Elizabeth Brodsky and District Court Magistrate Monica Haenselman will be in attendance to celebrate with the families.  There will be a reception, a short presentation, and crafts and games for the children.  The celebration is open to the public and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the jury assembly room of the Boulder County Justice Center (1777 Sixth Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302).  For more information, contact Erika Skufca at erika.skufca@judicial.state.co.us or 303-441-4921 or Raina Lesser at raina.lesser@judicial.state.co.us or 303-441-3744.

Twenty-First Judicial District (Mesa County) – On Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. District Court Judge Valerie Robison will preside over eight adoptions.  The hearings will be held at the Mesa County Justice Center (125 N. Spruce Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501). An additional celebration will be held in the jury assembly room at 3 p.m. for those adopted on Nov. 18 and in the past years. Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom with the permission of the families. Media must file for Expanded Media Coverage (see below). For more information, contact Angeline Roles with Mesa County Department of Human Services at 970-248-2453 or angeline.roles@mesacounty.us

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care across the country waiting to find families. Since its inception, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true through the cooperative work of courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care.

                National Adoption Day is celebrated every year in November. In 2006, for the first time, National Adoption Day was celebrated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This year, events will be held throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of more than 4,500 children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt. Since 2000, more than 50,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day.

Editor’s Note: Except where otherwise specifically allowed, any news media organizations wishing to record audio and/or video or take still photographs of the proceedings must receive prior approval from the Court, and participants will have the choice to decline to be taped or photographed. Click here for rules governing expanded media coverage, as well as an application form.

 

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