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Nineteen children in Yavapai County were officially adopted on Friday, May 29, 2020, when Yavapai County Juvenile Court celebrated their Spring Adoption Day. Presiding Juvenile Dependency Court Judge, Anna Young, conducted all ten adoption hearings.
On Friday, the courtroom in the Juvenile Justice Center was open as 10 families made their adoptions official. Social distancing practices were followed to keep everyone safe. Technology was in place in the courtroom so friends and family could participate virtually and to abide by the limitations of how many people can be in the courtroom at one time.
While waiting for their time in the courtroom, families were entertained by Cody, balloon artist extraordinaire and Brent, his unicycle riding and juggling buddy! Each child (and some adults) were able to take home a custom balloon creation of their choice. Families also enjoyed receiving a variety of gifts to commemorate the day, starting with a family photo being taken by local photographer Christine Beyea, a beautiful donated quilt for each child, compliments of Mountain Top Quilters and/or Thumb Butte Quilters, and a swag bag full of goodies from the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation.
This wonderful adoption event celebrates the joy that comes from welcoming a child into your home and life through foster care and adoption. It’s also a chance to dispel the myths surrounding foster care. Prospective parents don’t need to be rich, married, or own their own home to foster or adopt.
“It is always a thrill seeing these children officially adopted,” said Yavapai County Dependency Program Manager Quinci Castleberry. “For most, it has been a long road but the wait is worth the outcome. Every child deserves a safe, permanent place to call home.”
Court Appointed Special Advocates often have the pleasure of seeing children through from the beginning of the case to the end. Advocates help monitor the child’s progress and advocate for what would be in the child’s best interest.
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