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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

2019 - Honorable Laura Baird
Ingham County Circuit Court

Maura D. Corrigan Foster Family Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2018 - Ramah Emily Krontz

2019 - Jenifer Pettibone
2019 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 Tuesday, November 26, 2019. ​


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​.  


When Michael Orlando Clark, Jr. invited his kindergarten class to attend his adoption hearing in Kent County, who would have guessed he'd become an overnight social media star!  Kent County reported almost 4 million views of their Facebook post (and 75k shares), and the MSC tweet got nearly 3000 views.  On top of that, the court and family have had intererst from CNN, CBS, and Good Morning America, so far.

Justice Markman attended the adoption proceeding and shared in the festivities.  

The images below show Michael and his classmates.  

Michael Orlando Clark, Jr. and his classmates


 News Releases

Ingham County Circuit Judge Laura Baird 2019 Recipient of the Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award
Adoptive Mom, Jenifer Pettibone, to Receive Maura D. Corrigan Foster Family Lifetime Achievement Award

 Adoption Events Around the State


Kalamazoo County - November 1, 2019 - COA Judge Letica to attend

Berrien County - November 19, 2019 - Justice Markman to attend

Muskegon County - November 22, 2019 - Justice Zahra to attend

Jackson County - November 22, 2019 - Justice Markman to attend

Calhoun County - November 22, 2019 - COA Judge Swartzle to attend

Clare/Gladwin - November 23, 2019 - Adoption Event

Oakland County - November 26 - Justice Megan K. Cavanagh to attend

Macomb County - November 26, 2019 - Justice Viviano to attend

Van Buren County - November 26, 2019 - Justice Markman to attend
Livingston County - November 26, 2019 - COA Chief Judge Murray to attend

Saginaw County - November 26, 2019 - COA Judge Meter to attend

Cass County - November 26, 2019 - COA Judge Borrello to attend

Washtenaw County - November 26, 2019 - Justice Zahra to attend
Roscommon County - November 26, 2019 - Adoption Event
Kent County - December 5, 2019 - Justice Markman to attend





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

Fax: 517-373-9831

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