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Learning more about adoption

November 21, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - People in the Copper Country got a look at the resources available to them for adoption at an open house at the Houghton County Family Court Tuesday.

This is the 10th year for Michigan Adoption Day, which the state holds each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

"It's about bringing families together, being thankful and promoting adoptions," said Susan O'Connell, adoption specialist with the Houghton County Family Court.

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Susan O’Connell, adoption specialist with the Houghton County Family Court, looks at adoption pamphlets at an open house for Michigan Adoption Day at the Houghton County Family Court Tuesday.

As of Sept. 30, there were 13,639 children in foster care in Michigan. Through the same date, there had been 2,538 adoptions from foster care in 2012. There have been 15 adoptions in Houghton County.

"For a small county, that says a lot to me," O'Connell said.

Though this year's open house was slower than most, the open house is usually very successful, she said.

"We do like to reach out to people to give them information about finalizing the adoption process," she said.

People can also get advice on other means of domestic and foreign adoption. Cindy Hendricks attended to tell people about a local adoption support group for areas spanning international, domestic, foster care and adoption by grandparents.

"It's a broad spectrum. ... It's just a support system," she said.

Hendricks said the group has four activities a year, and will hold a Christmas party Dec. 2. For more information, contact Hendricks at 281-1808.



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