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Fredericksburg City's 7th National Adoption Day Celebration Crest of Fredericskburg


In celebration of National Adoption Month, the Fredericksburg Best Court Practice Team will hold their annual Adoption Celebration event on Saturday, November 23rd from 11am -1pm. The Fredericksburg Best Court Practice team includes Juvenile Domestic Relations Judge David Peterson, Clerk of Court, representatives from the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services, Rappahannock Area Court Appointed Special Advocates, Germanna Community College, and local attorneys.

This year, the team is excited to be partnering with Children's HomeChildrens Home Society Society of Virginia on the event which will begin at the Fredericksburg Circuit Court where Judge Willis and Judge Peterson will recognize all adoptions finalized in the last year. Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw will make the keynote presentation and then the families will be transported by the Fredericksburg Trolley to the Fredericksburg Baptist church for lunch and a magic show by the Amazing Kevin.

Each year the Department of Social Services and child placing agencies work tirelessly to find "Forever Homes" for children in foster care. In the City, 43 children, on average, are in foster care. While the initial goal is always to reunite children with their biological families, when that is not possible, adoption provides these children with what all children deserve, a safe and happy home – forever. This year, the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services has finalized 8 adoptions and will finalize their 9th on November 23rd.

This celebration would not be possible without the generous support of our community merchants, Fredericksburg Baptist Church, the JDR Court Clerks, Children's Home Society of Virginia, and the Fredericksburg DSS staff.


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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.