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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

            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 more than 100 foster children into permanent families. Colorado is currently home to more than 250 children waiting for permanent families.

            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. 17, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in courtrooms 4B, 4C and 4D of the Jefferson County Courthouse (100 Jefferson Parkway, Golden, CO 80401).  Judges Gail Meinster and Margie Enquist will join Magistrate Jamin Alabiso to preside over adoptions for 12 children into 10 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 Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse (520 W. Colfax, Denver, CO 80204), Denver Juvenile Court Judge Laurie Clark will join Denver District Court Judges Ed Bronfin and Robert McGahey, as well as Magistrates Howard Bartlett, Melanie Gilbert, Melina Hernandez and Mical Anne Lord-Blegen to unite 54 children with 41 families. This is the fourteenth annual celebration of National Adoption Day in Denver.  Expanded media coverage has been granted – cameras are welcome. For more information, contact Clancy Johnson at 720-337-0630.

Eighth Judicial District (Jackson and Larimer counties)Larimer County will celebrate its seventh annual National Adoption Day Celebration on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at the Larimer County Justice Center beginning at 8:30 am.  Several children will be adopted.  There will be adoption proceedings through the morning with Judge Susan Blanco presiding.  After each adoption proceeding, the newly adopted children and their family & friends will gather in the jury assembly room to enjoy entertainment, a balloon artist, a caricaturist and treats.  Each child will receive a special adoption bear, a bag filled with gift certificates and treats from local businesses, as well as a book about adoption from Adoption Dreams Come True. For more information, please contact: Donna S. Hochberg, Esq.; Hochberg Law Office, PLLC; 19 Old Town Square, Suite 238, Fort Collins, CO  80524; (970) 493-1718; dshochberg@yahoo.com

Tenth Judicial District (Pueblo County) – The Tenth Judicial District will celebrate Adoption Day for the tenth year in a row on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 501 of the Pueblo County Courthouse (501 N. Elizabeth Street, Pueblo, CO 81003).  District Court Judge Larry C. Schwartz will preside over a yet to be finalized number of adoptions. Following the adoptions, a cake and refreshment celebration will be held in the training room on the fifth floor.  Expanded media coverage has been granted. For more information, contact Amanda Ledbetter at 719-583-4716.

Eleventh Judicial District (Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties) – Throughout November five families will adopt six children at the Fremont County Courthouse. The Honorable Ramsey Lama will preside over the adoptions. For more information, please contact Rebecca Casey at 719-204-2222.

Seventeenth Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties) – On Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, from 9 to 11 a.m. 10 children will be united with 7 permanent families.  The celebration begins at 9 a.m. in the jury assembly room of the Adams County Justice Center (1100 Judicial Center Drive, Brighton, CO 80601) with a welcome from Chief Judge Patrick Murphy and a reading of the National Adoption Day Proclamation by the Adams County Commissioners. The proceedings will begin at 9:45 a.m. in courtrooms 601, 602 and 604. Judges Kathy Delgado and Priscilla Loew will join Magistrate Brad Varmo to preside over the docket. Cameras will be allowed in the courtrooms with permission of the families. This is the fourteenth year the Adams County District Court and Adams County Human Services Department have hosted a National Adoption Day celebration. For more information, contact Deputy District Administrator 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. 15, 2018, at the Arapahoe County Justice Center (7325 S. Potomac St., Centennial, CO 80112) and again on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Douglas County Courthouse (4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109). Thirty-six children will be adopted into 25 families in Arapahoe County beginning at 9 a.m. in courtrooms 22 and 35 with Judge Natalie Chase and Magistrate Lisa Teesch-Maguire. In Douglas County, two children will be adopted into two families beginning at 1 p.m. in Division 7 with Magistrate Rebecca Moss presiding. Cameras will be permitted with advance 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 Whitney Walsh for Douglas County at whitney.walsh@judicial.state.co.us

Nineteenth Judicial District (Weld County) – On Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. District Court Judge W. Troy Hause and Magistrate Ryan L. Kamada will preside over a yet to be finalized number of adoptions. 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. 16, 2018, adoptive families, foster care families, and members of the community are invited to celebrate National Adoption Day in Courtroom O of the Boulder County Justice Center (1777 Sixth Street, Boulder, CO 80302). The celebration is from 1 to 3:30 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. One of Boulder’s judicial officers will preside over one adoption.  Boulder’s National Adoption Day celebration is a collaborative effort of the 20th Judicial District, the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services and Voices for Children, CASA of Boulder County. For more information, contact Erika Skufca at 303-441-4921.

Twenty-First Judicial District (Mesa County) – On Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, District Court Judge Valerie Robison will preside over four adoptions into four different families.  The hearings will be held at the Mesa County Justice Center (125 N. Spruce Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501) between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A celebratory luncheon will be hosted in the jury assembly room from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for all adoptive families from 2018. For more information, contact Angeline Roles with Mesa County Department of Human Services at 970-256-2453.   

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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