Nearly a dozen families grew in size Monday during Ingham County's "Adoption Day."
Children ranging in age from infant to young teens who had been living with foster families or relatives, can now call them their "forever families."
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman presided over the finalization of adoptions. He said he gets as much out of it as the families do. "It's an opportunity to give children a new start in life, to create forever families for these children. It is emotionally wrenching for the judges as it is the children. It is just a day each year we think we are really giving children a chance to make a fresh start and make the most they can of themselves."
Chief Justice Markman hopes by holding these adoption day hearings, the public gets a chance to see how the process works and is encouraged to think seriously about adoption.