NEW BRUNSWICK – Ten families were formed or expanded Nov. 15 as adoption procedures for 10 children were finalized at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Robert P. Figarotta presided over the legal proceedings, which unfolded as a reception honoring the families and recognizing National Adoption Day took place just outside.
Chair of Middlesex County Bar Foundation’s National Adoption Day Committee James P. Nolan, Jr., Esq. welcomed the families and others in attendance, during opening ceremonies unique to the regular proceedings, in honor of National Adoption Day.
Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland, whose office facilitates the adoption process in Middlesex County, said the national event is held to raise awareness about the more than 104,000 children across the country in foster care waiting for permanent homes.
“We are very happy to participate in this national event,” said Hoagland, whose office works with the State Superior Court, judges, attorneys and advocates to finalize adoptions. Hoagland said the County processes between 175 and 200 adoptions each year.
“Today, 10 children were adopted; 10 families were created or expanded,” Hoagland said. “It’s a happy day, and we’re hoping that by highlighting the process, we are opening doors for many other families to be formed.”
The event was sponsored by the Middlesex County Surrogate Court, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Middlesex County Vicinage and the Middlesex County Bar Association.
“As someone elected to serve the people of Middlesex County, I am thrilled to be here today. But it is as a mother and a grandmother that I extend my sincerest congratulations to the parents who stand before me,” said Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott.
“Today as we celebrate the finalization of adoptions in New Jersey and across the country, we also must recognize that thousands more children remain without a family or a permanent place to call home,” said New Jersey State Sen. Joseph Vitale. “National Adoption Day serves as a day to celebrate adoptive families but also to raise awareness for the need to find stable, loving homes for the more than 100,000 children in foster care and in shelters throughout the United States who have suffered abuse, abandonment or neglect and are still awaiting placement. I am honored to serve as an advocate for foster children and adoptees in Trenton and will continue the fight to ensure their voices are heard and that they are protected.”
This year, National Adoption Day is nationally recognized on Nov. 17. November has been officially proclaimed National Adoption Month since 1995.
“The residents who live in our communities and chose to raise their families here are what make Middlesex County the great place that it is, said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I believe our County is even better today because of the bonds formed during this celebration of National Adoption Day. ”
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