On Nov. 20, the Hardin County District Court celebrated new families for National Adoption Day 2017.
It was a first-ever celebration for Hardin County but one that District Clerk Dana Hogg hopes will become a long-running tradition.
“We had five adoptions that day with one adult and four children; it was such a success,” Hogg said, adding the kids aged 6, 5, 4 years and six months in age.
This year marks the first National Adoption Week celebration for Hardin County, which is a sort of ‘welcome to the family’ occasion.
Other counties across the state “pick day and make a big to do about it,” says Hogg who pretty much designed the affair herself after getting the judges, attorneys, Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and Elmo to join in.
Officiating at the event: Judge Earl B. Stover III, 88th Judicial District, and Judge Steven Thomas, 356th Judicial Court.
“Dana Hogg is a fantastic District Clerk who made these adoptions extra special,” Judge Stover said. “Adoptions are always fun because they are the only cases in Distirct Court where everyone is happy.”
It’s everybody’s favorite court day judging from the response to Monday’s festivities.
“Judge Stover and I, we really enjoy doing adoptions,” Judge Steve Thomas said. “It means a child is officially a part of a family.”
Creating a family or uniting a family is very special, according to the judges and they are proud to be a part of that.
National Adoption Day is celebrates childhood adoption in order to raise awareness of the need to find permanent homes for children
As of January 2017, there were 3,600 children waiting for adoptive a families, according to Texas foster care and adoption guidelines AdoptUsKids.