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Third Judicial Circuit Court to celebrate hundreds of adoptions

The Third Judicial Circuit Court will hold its 10th Annual Michigan Adoption Day Program Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Erma Henderson Auditorium of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

Adopting the theme “Giving Thanks for Families,” the Court will celebrate the nearly 600 adoptions that have been finalized by the Juvenile Division of the Third Judicial Circuit Court in the past year.

The event will recognize the hard work and dedication of agencies, court personnel and community partners that help make adoption happen. And, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Third Judicial Circuit Court will show appreciation to the people who have helped give hundreds of Wayne County children their dream of a permanent family. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly will keynote the event. Twenty families with recently finalized adoptions will receive certificates and gifts. A reception sponsored by the Michigan Department of Human Services will follow the festivities.

“Michigan Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the children and youth in foster care waiting to find permanent loving families. Michigan Adoption Day has become a tradition for many of our communities,” said Presiding Judge Leslie Kim Smith. “Each year, Wayne County Circuit Court finalizes hundreds of adoptions of children from foster care. The Wayne County event is consistently one of the largest Adoption Day observances in the State of Michigan. This year we will recognize 20 families who have chosen to open their hearts and homes to provide a loving forever home for a child.”

The Michigan Supreme Court has declared Nov. 20 as “Michigan Adoption Day,” in conjunction with National Adoption Day.


Thoms named president of Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe

Miller Canfield attorney David M. Thoms, principal in the Troy office, has been re-elected for a one-year term as president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe.

At Miller Canfield, Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group.

His areas of expertise are estate planning and tax, non-profit organizations, business entity planning and tax, succession planning, and real estate.

He received an L.L.M. in taxation from Wayne State University School of Law, a J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy, a M.U.P. (Masters of Urban Planning) from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in History, with distinction, from Kalamazoo College. He also attended l’Université de Caen, France.

He resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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