Hundreds of children awaiting adoption got their day in court and their forever families during the month of November.
First held in Los Angeles in 2002, these events help court in several counties stay connected to their community.
The Judicial Council on Thursday voted to proclaim November “Court Adoption and Permanency Month," when many California courts will dedicate extra courtrooms and judges to settling large numbers of adoption cases.
A paralegal in Los Angeles County Superior Court's self-help center receives recognition for her commitment to service.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget on Wednesday that will help restore court services slashed during the recession, fund courthouse projects, and improve access to justice for millions of Californians.