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List of Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2011 - Daniel J. Wright

2012 - Marilyn F. Stephen (former director of the DHS Office of Child Support) and Thomas M. Haskel (Juvenile Officer, Referee, and Crawford County Court Administrator)

2013 - Honorable Dorene Allen, Midland County Probate Court

2014 - Jeffrey Albaugh, Calhoun County FOC

2015 - Steve Yager, Children's Services Agency

2016 - Honorable Duncan M. Beagle, Genesee County Circuit Court

2017 - Honorable Kenneth L. Tacoma,
Wexford County Probate Court

2018 - Honorable Robert Butts,
Cheboygan County Probate Court

Maura D. Corrigan Foster Family Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2018 - Ramah Emily Krontz
Michigan Adoption Day

Every November, the Michigan Supreme Court encourages courts around the state to take time to celebrate Michigan Adoption Month and help make the dreams of thousands of children come true. Participating courts can choose to get involved on Michigan Adoption Day, or select their own day in November to finalize adoptions, hold parties for adoptive families, and educate the public about the adoption process.  The Michigan Supreme Court will hold their event on Monday, November 26, 2018. ​


Make sure you contact us with details on your court's events.  We'd love to post your photos to social media. 

Michigan Adoption Day typically takes place on or about the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing and in courts around the state. Michigan Adoption Day is cosponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, and the Child Welfare Services Division of the State Court Administrative Office.

Would your court like a Supreme Court Justice or a Court of Appeals judge to speak at your Adoption Day event?  If so, please contact Lynn Seaks​.  



 News Releases

Nominations sought for Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award; honor recognizes outstanding work in support of Michigan families, children
Cheboygan County Probate Judge Robert John Butts Recipient of Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award

 Media Stories

Midland event to highlight 'forever families' during National Adoption Month. NBC 25
Livingston County to Celebrate Adoption Day November 20th.
Tom Hawley: Adoption story still inspires, one year later
Adoption gives children a home with their great-grandmother
Courts made new families at Friday Adoption Day
Parents share joy of reunification, fostering, adopting
The need for foster parents rises ahead of annual Adoption Day event
Supreme Court to Celebrate Adoption Day with Berrien County Families
Three Berrien County Families to Take Part in Adoption Day at Supreme Court
Adoption Day celebrates new families, while highlighting need for more foster homes
Kalamazoo celebrates Adoption Day
Oakland County Circuit Court to celebrate 16th Annual Adoption Day, November 20
Foster Mom Receives First Maura D. Corrigan Foster Family Lifetime Achievement Award
Cheboygan County Probate Judge Robert John Butts Recipient of Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award
Metro Detroit couples finalize adoptions during National Adoption Month
Michigan searches for permanent homes for more than 320 children in foster care
Different worlds connect through happy adoption
Shelby Township couple become parents thanks to foster care
Families grow in mid-Michigan on Adoption Day before Thanksgiving
7 kids find forever homes on Adoption Day in Livingston County
10 foster kids joined forever homes on Adoption Day in Ottawa County
'I feel happy, like I'm stuck with them forever'
Macomb County Adoption Day raises awareness of need to adopt children in foster care
Golden years: 91-year-old Michigan woman spends a decade fostering 38 children
'Tis the season to consider adoption and foster parenting, officials say
Ionia's Paul Kiste welcomes new son Griffin to the family
Stormy Jeffery's adoption makes it 'a party of 7' for Greenville family
Muskegon County treats parents like superheroes on Michigan Adoption Day
Children find forever homes at special National Adoption Day event in Mt. Clemens
'It feels better to have a family'
Families go home with newly adopted members
County judge confirms 10 adoptions Tuesday
Creating families in Michigan on Adoption Day
Burr Oak woman honored for work as foster parent
Cass County hosts 16th annual Adoption Day
27 children become part of local families

 Adoption Events Around the State


Arenac County - November 1, 2018 - COA Judge Borrello to attend

Calhoun County - November 9, 2018 - COA Judge Swartzle to attend

Kalamazoo County - November 14, 2018 - COA Judge Swartzle to attend

​Berrien County - November 16, 2018 - Chief Justice Markman to attend
Wayne County - November 16, 2018 - Justice Clement to attend

Monroe County - November 20, 2018 - Judges Arnold and Lohmeyer to preside

Livingston County - November 20, 2018 - COA Chief Judge Murray to attend

Oakland County - November 20, 2018 - COA Judges Krause and Letica to attend

Cass County - November 20, 2018 - COA Judge Borrello to attend
Saginaw County - November 20, 2018 - COA Judge Meter to attend

St. Joseph County - November 20, 2018 - COA Judge Borrello to attend

Oscoda County - November 20, 2018 - Judge Kathryn Root to preside

Lenawee County - November 20, 2018 - Judge Iddings to preside

Van Buren County - November 20, 2018 - Judge Dufon to preside

Allegan County - November 21, 2018 - Judge Michael Buck to preside

Houghton County - November 27, 2018 - Family Court to Host Event




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Michigan Supreme Court
P.O. Box 30052
Lansing, MI 48909

Fax: 517-373-9831

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