Pinal County children in foster care given permanent homes

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On Saturday, Nov. 7, Pinal County Superior Courthouse will join courts and communities across the county to finalize the adoptions of 35 children from the foster care system. This one day celebrates the joys of adoption and encourages more people to create or grow families through adoption, according to a press release.

Adoptions will take place every 15 minutes in four courtrooms from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse, 971 Jason Lopez Circle in Florence. Activities also will include a reception, family photographs and celebrations.

“Our court is proud to join the hundreds of volunteer lawyers, foster care professionals, CASA advocates and judges working together nationwide on this special day to celebrate the adoption process,” said Donna McBride, Court Appointed Special Advocate supervisor and co-chair of the adoption day event. “By giving these children stable, loving environments, you can make a powerful difference in their lives. And our communities, in return, will experience incredible joys and rewards.”

This annual event is part of a nationwide effort to call attention to the more than 100,000 children waiting in the United States foster care system. Every year more than 4,000 adoptions are finalized as part of National Adoption Day, and communities host events to celebrate families formed through adoption, according to the release. It is also a day to draw attention to the more than 22,000 children who turn 18 every year without having a forever family.

A coalition of local organizations participated in organizing this special day, and include Pinal County Juvenile Court Services, Pinal County Clerk of the Court, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, The Shanker Law Firm, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, Arizona Department of Child Safety and the Pinal County Superior Court. Near 100 court staff and volunteers will be assisting four Superior Court judges to finalize the adoptions throughout the morning.

For more information on how to volunteer for CASA of Pinal County, visit www.CASAofPinalCounty.org or contact Dave Franklin at 520-866-4415.

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