A special event is in the works to celebrate Adoption Month in Michigan by the Berrien County Trial Court. On Tuesday, November 19, four families will have their adoptions finalized and the hearings will be open to the public. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman will join Berrien County Family Division Judges Mabel Johnson Mayfield, Brian Berger, and Jennifer Smith for the celebration, which starts with the first hearing at 10 a.m.
Held during November, Adoption Month has become a holiday tradition, highlighting the importance of adoption and the needs of children in foster care. This year’s theme statewide is “Giving Thanks for Families.” This is the fourth year Berrien County has shared the adoption proceedings with the community.