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National Adoption Day Kicks Off Early in Michigan

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National Adoption Day is next week and some are so eager, they started celebrating Friday. Down in Jackson County, the family court celebrated the creation of nine new families.

Phillip Gundy was one of ten children to have his adoption finalized Friday. The event is part of a statewide effort to encourage potential parents to think about adopting a child.

"Adoption is a very happy ending to a very unpleasant process for many kids. And it's a happy beginning because now they've got a new family, a new home," said Richard Laflamme, a Jackson County Circuit Court Judge.

Michael and Ruth Gundy took Philip home when he was three days old. Eighteen months later, he's officially their son. They say the adoption ceremony was a relief.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman conducted three adoption ceremonies Friday. He says it's a nice change from his usual court day.

"It's an entirely different situation for a judge such as myself, who, day after day, sits on cases in which you have winners and losers. There's no losers at all on adoption day," said Markman.

He says more than 1,000 children, find new families each Adoption Day.

For more information on adoption, visit our the Seen on 6 portion of our website.

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