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For immediate release: Nov. 7, 2005
For further information contact:
Sandra Lopez-Palmer, Esq.
(856) 453-4538

New Jersey Courts to Celebrate National Adoption Month

Vicinage 15 of the New Jersey Courts will celebrate Adoption Day on Friday, Nov. 18, during National Adoption Awareness Month.

Vicinage 15 Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio stated, "National Adoption Day is a wonderful way to celebrate adoptions and to create awareness about the need to provide a safe, secure and permanent home for the thousands of children in foster care." She added, "Vicinage 15 is committed to facilitating the adoption process to ensure that children achieve stability and permanency."

The vicinage, which comprises Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, will hold a roundtable discussion at 9:00 a.m. in the second floor jury management room at the Cumberland County Courthouse, Broad and Fayette Streets, Bridgeton. Members of the public, including the press and prospective adoptive parents, are invited to attend.

The panel will include representatives from the Division of Youth and Family Services, the Office of the Law Guardian, the Office of the Court Appointed Special Advocates, and representatives of the surrogates' offices in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem County, as well as adoptive parents who have volunteered to share their experiences.

Adoption hearings will be held in all three counties during the afternoon. Adoption hearings are closed to the public.

For more information, please contact Sandra Lopez-Palmer, Esq. at 856-453-4538.

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