FLORENCE — On Saturday, Pinal County Superior Court will join courts and communities across the country to finalize the adoptions of 44 children from the foster care system. Nov. 2, National Adoption Day, celebrates the joys of adoption and encourages more people to create or grow families through adoption, a press release from Adoption Day organizers said.

“Our court is proud to join the thousands of volunteers, lawyers, foster care professionals, CASA advocates, court staff and judges working together nationwide on this special day to celebrate the adoption process,” said Donna McBride, Court Appointed Special Advocate supervisor and co-chair of the Adoption Day event.

“By giving these children stable, loving environments, you can make a powerful difference in their lives. And our communities, in return, will experience incredible joys and happy families.”

The annual event is part of a nationwide effort to call attention to the more than 100,000 children waiting in the United States foster care system.

Every year more than 4,000 adoptions are finalized as part of National Adoption Day, and communities host events to celebrate families formed through adoption. It is also a day to draw attention to the more than 22,000 children who turn 18 every year without having a forever family.

A coalition of local organizations participated in organizing this special day and includes Pinal County Juvenile Court Services, Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court Office, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, The Shanker Law Firm, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, Arizona Department of Child Safety and Pinal County Superior Court. Approximately 100 court staff and community volunteers will be assisting four Superior Court judges to finalize the adoptions throughout the morning.

For more information on how to volunteer for CASA of Pinal County, visit www.azcourts.gov/casaofpinalcounty or call 520-866-7076. For more information on National Adoption Day, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org.

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