GLENN A. GRANT
Administrative Director of the Courts
Office of Communications
Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Vicinage to Celebrate National Adoption Day
The Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Vicinage will celebrate National Adoption Day on Friday, Nov. 18 in Cumberland and Gloucester counties.
“National Adoption Day is a special time when, through the combined efforts of committed adopting parents, the Department of Children and Families, the local surrogates’ offices and the Judiciary, children’s lives are brightened by the creation of ‘forever families’ in these loving, adopting homes,” retired Family Division Presiding Judge Harold U. Johnson Jr. said.
Adoption Day events are coordinated through the vicinage’s family division. There will be a public reception in Gloucester County for the adoptive families following the proceedings at 9 a.m. in Room 2108 of the Justice Complex, 70 Hunter St., Woodbury.
In Cumberland County, the celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom A233 of the Cumberland County Courthouse, 60 W. Broad St., Bridgeton.
Salem County held its celebration on Nov. 16.
National Adoption Day is an annual event in which courts and communities in all 50 states come together to finalize thousands of adoptions. The event seeks to raise awareness toward the importance of adoption and to recognize caregivers who have chosen to open their homes.
The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, the surrogates’ offices in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem are co-hosting the events with the vicinage.
While adoption proceedings are closed to the public, members of the press are invited to attend the receptions. Families who have agreed to be interviewed and/or photographed will be available after their adoption proceedings conclude.
For more information and to confirm attendance, call Theresa Fortson at 856-878-5050, x 15607.