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Fulton County Juvenile Court to Host 12th Annual Ceremony Honoring National Adoption Day | Print |

Fulton County Juvenile Court will be hosting its 12th annual ceremony marking National Adoption Day on November 23rd in recognition of adoptions and adoptive families.

The ceremony will feature speakers from the county’s juvenile court system, District 6 Commissioner Joan Garner, and broadcasters Ernie Johnson Jr. and Karen Graham. After the speakers program, the public is invited to attend a reception and ice cream social hosted by the National Adoption Day Planning Committee. The program will begin at 10 a.m. on November 23 at the Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center located at 395 Pryor St. SW in Atlanta.

 

“National Adoption Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate adoptions and bring the community together,” said Chief Juvenile Court Judge Bradley J. Boyd. “I’m so proud the court can participate in an event that benefits so many children.”

In the spirit of the National Adoption Day, the court will provide a variety of fun activities for children, including face painting, clowns and games.
Fulton County Juvenile Court is proud to have Ernie Johnson Jr. of Turner Sports give this year’s keynote address. Johnson has a career’s worth of experience covering professional sports and is the host of TNT’s Inside the NBA. Johnson has also worked as a play-by-play announcer in Major League Baseball and hosts TNT’s coverage of the PGA Tour. In addition to being an Atlanta sportscasting institution, Johnson is the father of six children, four of whom are adopted.

Karen Graham, co-host of Fox 5’s morning program, Good Day Atlanta, will be joining this year’s event as the Mistress of Ceremony. Graham is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has won three Emmy Awards and a Monica Kaufman Media Award.

National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent homes. Since its inception in 2000, National Adoption Day has helped place 45,500 children in permanent homes. In Georgia there are over 6,700 children in the foster care system, 1,585 of these children have been freed for adoption and are waiting for a family.

The mission of Fulton County Juvenile Court is: to first protect children and the community in matters brought before the court, to rehabilitate children, and to restore families; and to second create opportunities for the community, partners, and stakeholders to actively engage in this mission.

 
 

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