May is National Foster Care Month but on May 11, 2018 Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Anna Young, had her own celebration. Balloons and fanfare greeted the fifteen children and one adult who completed the adoption process in Judge Young’s courtroom that day. Judge Young said, “The May adoption event was such a happy occasion, I couldn’t tell who was having a better time, the kids being adopted or their friends and family who joined the celebration.”
Many of the support agencies that made this event such a success were on hand including Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Randy Garrison. Supervisor Garrison said, “It was hard not to enter the event with a smile on your face or leave without a tear in your eye. It is wonderful to see these hard-working organizations doing such great things for the most vulnerable in Yavapai County.”
Quinci Castleberry, Yavapai County Superior Court’s CASA Program Manager said, “While adoptions happen all year long this bi-annual event takes place the Friday before Mother’s Day and then again in November during National Adoption Day. This was the first time a theme was introduced and the “Fair” atmosphere was well received by both the parents and the children.”
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Patricia Trebesch was also on hand to join in the celebration and performed a few of the adoption proceedings herself.
Deputy Court Administrator Shelly Bacon said, “This was the first time we were able to get jumpy houses, to create the Fair theme for the kids, and it was a huge success. We were very pleased that Yavapai County Administrator, Phil Bourdon was able to make that happen for this event.”
The many organizations that made this event such a success included, Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, Thumb Butte Quilters, Mountain Top Quilters Guild, CASA staff and spouses, Yavapai County Juvenile Probation staff, Yavapai County Court Administrative staff, Yavapai County Facilities Department, and Chili Bean the Clown who donated her time and entertained the kids.
For more information about fostering and adoption go to https://dcs.az.gov/fosteradoption/provide-permanency-child-through-adoption