By Erika Buzzell
GLADWIN – For Lindsie Dillon, the adoption of three-year-old Sophia has been a long time coming. Lindsie has been a part of Sophia’s life since her birth, with both Lindsie and her mother Sue having cared for Sophia as registered foster parents.
“She’s been a part of the family since the day she was born,” said Lindsie. “We knew from day one.”
On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Dillon family gathered at the Gladwin County Courthouse to celebrate Sophia’s official adoption. Every chair was full in the courtroom with Lindsie’s cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandparents, all there to take part in the special event.
“We knew we couldn’t invite friends because there wouldn’t be room,” said Sue. Smiles were spread on everyone’s face as Lindsie talked about her life changing decision.“I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Lindsie.
Judge Marci Klaus, Mandi Bergman, and the rest of the crew at Probate Court made the day special for family members, with snacks available, and Judge Klaus handing out stuffed animals to the Sophia and the other young attendees.
Gladwin Department of Human Services Caseworker Michael Smith spoke out in support, detailing his experience with the Dillon family since day one. Kim Kidd from Lutheran Adoption Services also spoke, expressing how pleased she was to be part of this day.
The day was made even more special by fact that it was Gladwin’s first time ever participating in National Adoption Day, though they had the celebration take place a little prior to Michigan’s actual event date of Nov. 23.
National Adoption Day is a 14-year-old event that looks to raise awareness and encourage the adoption of foster care children into “forever families.”
So far, the program has helped over 44,000 children move into loving homes and out of foster care. Gladwin hopes to continue its participation in National Adoption Day every upcoming year, as long as caring and capable families choose to be involved.
Editor’s note: Congratulations, Dillon Family!