Families welcome children on Michigan Adoption Day

Michigan Adoption Day
An event at Ottawa County Family Court to celebrate Michigan Adoption Day. (Nov. 22, 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Tuesday marks annual Michigan Adoption Day.

In celebration, more than 25 counties around the state hosted special events to finalize adoptions and educate interested families about the process.

The atmosphere at one such event at Ottawa County Family Court was overwhelming. Adoptions were finalized for 10 children and nine families. Smiles and tears spread across the faces of adopting families as they emerged from the courtroom. Many of the children speechless over having found their forever home.

The Betzelberger’s officially welcomed 6-year-old Tony into their family this morning — their sixth child and the second they’ve adopted this year.

His mother, Juliet Betzelberger, explains there is a bittersweet joy that comes with adoption.

“A child born to another mom calls me mom and I will never forget the depth of the tragedy that that came from,” she said. “But also just the height of the blessing that it is for me, the privilege that I have to raise someone else’s child.”

There are currently about 14,000 kids in Michigan’s foster care system, more than 300 of whom are looking for a family to adopt them.

*Editor’s Note: We incorrectly identified the Betzelberger family as the Shrivers in the original story. We apologize for the error which has been fixed.