Special adoption ceremony in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (AP) - About a dozen children and their adoptive parents will participate in a special Adoption Day on Friday in Harrison County Chancery Court. The 2 p.m. public event will be held at the county courthouse in Gulfport.

Chancery Judge Margaret Alfonso will preside over hearings in chambers to finalize the adoptions. Formal proceedings in adoption cases are closed to the public.

Alfonso says all the children who will be adopted have been in foster care under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

National Adoption Day is Nov. 21. Harrison County Chancery Court began participating in National Adoption Day in 2004.

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