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Trial Courts Celebrate National Adoption Day
Updated November 9, 2015 8:03 AM
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(UNDATED) - Twenty-five Indiana trial courts will celebrate National Adoption Day by allowing families and press the opportunity to photograph and videotape adoption proceedings. The Indiana Supreme Court is authorizing cameras in court for uncontested adoptions.

National Adoption Day is celebrated to increase awareness of the value of adoption. Many agencies including the Department of Child Services, the Heart Gallery, Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Children's Bureau, and local adoption agencies will be involved in events across the state.

Participating counties will welcome more than 140 children to court. The adoptions will occur on the following dates and approximate start times:

  • Allen - Judge Charles Pratt on November 19 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Bartholomew - Judge Kathleen Coriden on November 25 at 10 a.m.
  • Bartholomew - Judge Heather Mollo on November 25 at 11 a.m.
  • Bartholomew - Judge James Worton on November 25 at 9 a.m.
  • Delaware - Judge John Feick on November 20 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Delaware - Judge Marianne Vorhees on November 20 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Elkhart - Judge Stephen Bowers on November 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Elkhart - Magistrate Deborah Domine on November 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Elkhart - Judge Evan Roberts on November 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Fayette - Judge Beth Butsch on November 23 at 3:45 p.m.
  • Grant - Judge Dana Kenworthy on November 20 at 9 a.m.
  • Hendricks - Judge Robert Freese on November 23 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Henry - Judge Mary Willis on November 20 at 1 p.m.
  • Johnson - Judge K. Mark Loyd on November 23 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Lake - Magistrate Glenn Commons on November 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Lake - Magistrate Matthew Gruett on November 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Lake - Referee Teresa Hollandsworth on November 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Lake - Magistrate Jeffrey Miller on November 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Lake - Judge Thomas Stefaniak on November 20 at 8:30 a.m.
  • St. Joseph - Judge James Fox on November 13 at 9 a.m.
  • Tippecanoe - Judge Thomas Busch on November 19 at 9 a.m.
  • Vanderburgh - Judge Brett Niemeier on November 19 at 8 a.m.
  • Warrick - Judge Greg Granger on November 19 at 9 a.m.

For more details about an event in a specific county, please contact the county directly at:

  • Allen - Kate at 260-449-3574
  • Bartholomew (Judge Coriden) - Janet at 812-565-5654
  • Bartholomew (Judge Mollo) - Tammy at 812-565-5633
  • Bartholomew (Judge Worton) - Lisa at 812-565-5642
  • Clark - Terri at 812-285-6294
  • Delaware (all judges) - Terri at 765-747-7770
  • Elkhart (all judges) - Beth at 574-523-2389
  • Fayette - Shelly at 765-825-1331
  • Grant - Claudia at 765-662-1719
  • Hendricks - Debbie at 317-745-9388
  • Henry - Susan at 765-529-5811
  • Johnson - Tammi at 317-346-4561
  • Lake (all judges) - Lenise at 219-660-6964
  • Madison - Theresa at 765-641-9624
  • St. Joseph - Mary Ellen at 574-232-6728
  • Tippecanoe - Angela at 765-429-3353
  • Vanderburgh - Kywnn at 812-435-5378
  • Warrick - Diane at 812-306-5621

The National Adoption Day Authorization to Broadcast Court Proceedings order (http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-other-2015-94S00-1509-MS-581.pdf) details terms for media coverage including:

  • Judges have full discretion
  • Media may use still photography, video and audio for news purposes
  • Equipment must not be intrusive
  • Courtroom proceedings should not be disrupted

Indiana trial courts resolve disputes in over 1.3 million cases each year. Adoptions are just one case type. Each year there are about 3700 adoptions in the state.



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