The Union County Courthouse, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth will once again be the setting as the Superior Court of New Jersey, Union Vicinage takes part in National Adoption Day. The annual event is celebrated in all fifty states by courts and communities who come together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children and to celebrate families that adopt.  This year’s event will take place Friday, November 20, at 1:30 pm.

At least thirty adoptions are expected to take place that day, according to Union County Surrogate James LaCorte.  “After last year’s successful event everyone involved in the county’s judiciary system is excited to make this year’s program even more memorable for both the adoptive parents and the children,” said LaCorte. “This is a day we hope they will remember fondly in their minds for rest of their lives.”

Last year 34 children were adopted into 27 families in proceedings filed in Union County with the Surrogate.  This year we are hoping for 30 plus adoptions to take place; adoption proceedings are closed to the public.  During the week adoptions will take place in all 50 states as part of “National Adoption Day” officially, November 21, 2009.  In just 9 years this event has grown starting with 325 adoptions nationwide to 4,300 finalized in 2008.   Last year in the State of New Jersey 358 adoptions took place on this day.  According to statistics, there are 1,607 children in New Jersey awaiting adoptions through DYFS.  Of those, 125 are in Union County.

“Once again Union County is honored to be part of this very special day,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Seeing these children become part of a family that includes so much love and support is truly one of the most heartwarming moments you can ever have.”

To make this a memorable day for all involved Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County Inc. (CASA), a non-profit organization, will be accepting donations such as gift cards, disposable cameras, books, and new children’s toys that will be put into gift bags for the children and families. To donate, please contact Marsha Hamlette of CASA at 908-527-7043.