Hundreds of people gathered at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse today to witness and celebrate 37 families adopt 47 children in honor of National Adoption Day, a day to celebrate adoptive families while raising awareness for kids still looking for permanent, loving homes.
During the event, parents hugged their children as judges legalized adoptions. Witnessing the adoptions were family, friends, social workers and guardians ad litem who supported children in finding a forever home. Children and families celebrated by getting their faces painted, playing games, watching an artist create corsages and pets out of balloons, enjoying snacks and music. Children adopted in Judge Woods’ courtroom even adopted a toy rubber duck as part of the festivities.
The Azura family, who adopted a two-year-old girl, commented, "this adoption completes our family." Barbara Ann Pierce, a Denver Human Services case worker, said, "The Azuras are wonderful parents. This is the home their daughter was meant to be in."
“It’s a wonderful feeling seeing this many children walk out of court today with families that will care for them the rest of their lives," Denver Human Services Manager Penny May said. "I’m thankful to all our families for opening up their hearts and homes to children. And, I am thankful to all our social workers for helping these children find a forever home.”
“My colleagues and I look forward to Adoption Day every year; it’s the one day we know everybody will leave our courtrooms smiling,” said Denver Juvenile Court Judge D. Brett Woods. “Nearly 50 kids were adopted into loving families today, but we are always mindful that many more children are in need of permanent placement.”
In Denver County, there are 28 children waiting to be adopted and hundreds more throughout the state waiting to find forever homes. To learn more about adoption, please call 720-944-4000 or visit www.denvergov.org/standupforme.
The Denver Adoption Day celebration was coordinated by Denver Human Services and Denver Juvenile Court. The following groups provided donations, volunteers and support for the event: Children’s Museum of Denver, Children’s Legal Advocacy Group, Coffee Etcetera, Crocs Inc., Denver Sheriff’s Department, GIVE Denver, Ed Greene with CBS 4 News, Handy Andy, International Footprint Organization (Denver Chapter #20), Jultak Florists, Kohl’s, LaMar’s Donuts, Phil James, Safeway, Schneider Photography, Su-Z-Q-Z, University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Walmart.