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Colorado courts celebrate National Adoption Day; 159 foster children to be united with permanent families

Monday, November 13, 2017

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 159 foster children into permanent families. Colorado is currently home to an additional 276 children waiting for permanent families.

“The celebration of National Adoption Day in Colorado is an ever-growing event and I am proud to see so many courts participating to bring children and families together to find their happily ever after,” said Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice.

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 celebrate  Adoption Day on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to noon  in courtrooms 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D of the Jefferson County Courthouse (100 Jefferson Parkway, Golden, CO 80401).  Judges Tamara Russell, Gail Meinster and Margie Enquist will join Magistrate Jamin Alabiso to preside over adoptions for 18 children into 16 families. Cameras are welcome. For more information, contact Mallory Albi, Jefferson County Department of Human Services, at 303-271-4389.

Second Judicial District (Denver County) – On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 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 Jay Grant and Magistrates Howard Bartlett, Melanie Gilbert and Lord Blegen to unite 47 children with 34 families. This is the thirteenth annual celebration of National Adoption Day in Denver.  Expanded media coverage has been granted – cameras are welcome. For more information, contact Rob McCallum at

Eighth Judicial District (Jackson and Larimer counties)Larimer County will celebrate Adoption Day on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at the Larimer County Justice Center (201 La Porte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521). Eighteen children are expected to be adopted.  There will be adoption proceedings throughout the day with Judges Blanco and Jouard presiding.  After each adoption proceeding, the newly adopted children and their family and friends will head to the jury assembly room to enjoy entertainment, a balloon artist, a caricaturist and cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats in a decorated room filled with music. Each child will receive a special adoption bear, a treat bag filled with donated free children’s meals, gift certificates and treats from local businesses, as well as a book about adoption.  For more information, please contact Donna Hochberg, Esq., Hochberg Law Office, PLLC at or 970-493-1718.

Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County) – The Tenth Judicial District will celebrate Adoption Day for the ninth year in a row on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Pueblo County Courthouse (501 N. Elizabeth Street, Pueblo, CO 81003).  District Court Judge Larry C. Schwartz will preside over the adoptions of eight children into six families. Following the adoptions, a cake and refreshment celebration will be held.  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 Twelfth Judicial District  will host a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, honoring all families who have adopted children and all children who have been adopted in the Twelfth Judicial District in the  last year.  Forty-five children were adopted into 35 families in the last year.  Members of the public, the courts, Department of Human Services, county attorneys and county commissioners are expected to be in attendance. Chief Judge Pattie Swift will address the group to discuss the important role of adoptive families in the justice system and thank all DHS staff, attorneys, adoptive parents, and foster parents for the work that they do. For more information, contact Christina Gallegos at

Fourteenth Judicial District (Grand, Moffat and Routt counties) – On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. Chief Judge Mick O’Hara will preside over one adoption in Courtroom 2B at the Routt County Courthouse (1955 Shield Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487). Photography will be permitted with consent of the family. For more information, contact Chief Judge O’Hara at 970-879-5020.

Sixteenth Judicial District (Bent, Crowley and Otero counties) – On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, the Sixteenth Judicial District will host a celebration for all families who adopted children in the Sixteenth Judicial District in 2017.  The celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the Otero Combined Court (13 West Third Street, Room 206, La Junta, CO 81050). Caseworkers, attorneys, and CASA volunteers will be present with the Honorable Mark MacDonnell to celebrate with the families.  There will be a reception and a guest speaker for the families.  The celebration is open to the public and guests are encouraged to use the south entrance to the courthouse.  For more information contact Wendy Larsen at 719-383-7123.

Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties) – On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, from 9 to 11 a.m. 13 children will be united with 11 permanent families.  The proceedings will take place at the Adams County Justice Center (1100 Judicial Center Drive, Brighton, CO 80601) in courtrooms 601, 602, 603 and 604. Judges Kathy Delgado and Priscilla Loew will join Magistrates Peter Stapp and David Blackett to preside over the docket. Cameras will be allowed in the courtrooms with permission of the families. This is the thirteenth year the Adams County District Court and Adams County Human Services Department have hosted a National Adoption Day celebration. 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 Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, beginning at the Arapahoe County Justice Center (7325 S. Potomac St., Centennial, CO 80112) and on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at the Douglas County Courthouse (4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109). Twenty-five children will be adopted in Arapahoe County beginning at 10 a.m. in Division 14 with Judges Theresa Slade and Robert Lung presiding. In Douglas County, six children will be adopted into six families between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Division 7 with Magistrate Rebecca Moss presiding. Cameras will be permitted with written consent of the families. For more information regarding Arapahoe County, contact Shannon Wilson at 720-568-4884, or Alicia Gauch at 720-568-4851, and Betsy Randall & Whitney Orose for Douglas County at 720-437-6286

Nineteenth Judicial District (Weld County) – On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. District Court Judge W. Troy House will preside over the adoption of 16 children. The adoption hearings will be closed to the public and media, but public and media may join the celebration following the hearings. For more information, please contact Sonja Richardson at 970-475-2405.

Twentieth Judicial District (Boulder County) – On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, adoptive families, foster care families, and members of the community are invited to celebrate National Adoption Day at the Boulder County Justice Center (1777 Sixth Street, Boulder, CO 80302). The celebration is from 3 to 4 p.m. and includes snacks, art projects and guest speakers. The celebration is open to the public; there is no need to RSVP to attend. Magistrate Carolyn McLean will preside over one adoption.  For more information, contact Raina Lesser at 303-441-4747.

Twenty-First Judicial District (Mesa County) – On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, District Court Judge Valerie Robison will preside over six adoptions.  The hearings will be held at the Mesa County Justice Center (125 N. Spruce Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501). For more information, contact Angeline Roles with Mesa County Department of Human Services at 970-248-2453 or  

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, 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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