Family Court Celebrates National Adoption Day

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Family Court Judge Dale Youngs finalized the adoption of Jacob Alan Mossie by Nicholas and Shannon Mossie on National Adoption Day. Big brother Ike Mossie also welcomes his new sibling.

NOVEMBER 22, 2019 - It’s Jackson County Family Court’s favorite day of the year! The Court is celebrating 32 families that all just got a little bit bigger, with 49 new adoptions for National Adoption Day. Two adults and 47 children will have their adoption hearings legally finalized. All 47 children were formerly in foster care in the state of Missouri. “The loving families who adopt these children are heroes in the minds of the kids and of the Court,” said Family Court Administrative Judge Dale Youngs. “We are all thankful for the individuals in our community who make a commitment to create a Forever Family for the children in need of a home and parents to care for them.”

Family Court records show that as of November 1, there are 236 children who are in need of adoption with 54 of those having a pending adoption case. Of the remaining 182, 51 children have been identified as having no adoptive resource—no relatives, no friends to adopt them. The children range in age from newborns to teens. Kathy Rodgers, Director of the Office of the Guardian ad Litem for Family Court, encourages community members to learn more about the foster care system and how to support these children. “It (foster care) doesn’t take a lot of money. What’s important is to love a child and meet their needs.” The licensing process includes background checks, home studies by a licensed social worker, classes and education. The Missouri Children’s Division website has information on how to proceed.

Another organization that works to assist vulnerable children is Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) which trains volunteers to represent the best interests of the children they are assigned who have been removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system. CASA takes the cases of approximately 30 new children every month. Volunteers spend approximately 10 hours a month visiting their assigned children, attending meetings or court hearings, and documenting their interactions with the children. To volunteer or donate wish list gifts for CASA’s holiday gift drive visit Jackson County CASA online.

For the families at Jackson County Family Court, Christmas came early this year. To make it even more special, the Court invited costumed heroes from Wonder League KC and local children’s musician Jim Cosgrove (a.k.a. Mr. Stinky Feet). The kids also enjoyed face painting, portrait sketches, balloons and gift bags for everyone. But what truly makes it a day to remember, both for the adoptees and for the staff of Family Court, is witnessing a new beginning for families filled with hope and love.

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Jim Cosgrove (Mr. Stinky Feet) entertains the families.

adoption3Super heroes from Wonder League KC greeted the families at National Adoption Day.