The Denton County Courts Building is transformed annually for Denton County
November is National Adoption Month and communities across the nation take part in
National Adoption Day. This one day can make a world of difference in the life of a young person.
This is a very important day for many reasons. Did you know (according
to the National Adoption Day website)
- more than 100,000 children in the US are waiting in foster care for an
- nearly 4 years is the average wait for a foster child to be adopted?
- more than 23,000 foster children age out of the system every year with
no family or permanent home?
In Denton County, the
Denton County Bar Association (DCBA) has spearheaded a very special service project, Denton County Adoption
Day, since 2008. Their goal is to provide, free of charge, the legal services
needed by families who wish to adopt their foster children. The efforts
focus on area children who are taken in protective custody and are placed
with extended family instead of a foster home as they often do not receive
financial support from the state as other foster parents do.
On Friday, November 14, 2014, DCBA partnered with
CASA of Denton County, and social workers from the Texas Department of Family and Protective
Services to coordinate this wildly successful event. Businesses, organizations,
as well as students from
Texas Woman’s University and
University of North Texas volunteered time and donated goods, services, or cash to ensure these
children not only have a forever family, but have an opportunity to have
a positive experience in our legal system. Our very own,
Marci B. Martinez served as the 2013 and 2014 event co-chair.
Attorney participants provided their services pro bono and attended training
and received a family to file for, prepared the paperwork, and attended
court with the families on this joyous day. The courthouse was transformed
to an inviting “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” theme complete
with hundreds of teddy bears that lined the courtrooms, gifts for the
children, as well as personalized books for the children all signed by
the Judges. A celebration took place after the completion of the adoption
in the central jury room, which was overflowing with food, cake, carnival
games, and a balloon clown!
CokerLegal attorneys Marci B. Martinez and
Jacqueline D. Cannon regularly serve as court appointed ad litems for children in CPS cases.
This year, both attorneys have children they represented as ad litems
who participated in this special day and had the honor of being a part
of the adoption ceremonies.
This special day would not have been possible without the efforts of an
entire community that feels privileged and blessed to be a part of day
that changes these children's lives forever. Be sure to visit the
Denton County Adoption Day’s Facebook page to see heartwarming photos of this year’s events, thank the sponsors,
and learn how you can be a part of the 2015 Denton County Adoption Day.