Los Angeles County's effort to clear a backlog of children awaiting adoption more than 20 years ago is an annual event and started a national movement.
First held in Los Angeles in 2002, these events help court in several counties stay connected to their community.
About 10 superior courts in the state have access to a facility dog to help children share their testimonies in court.
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.