In 1976, Massachusetts was the first states to declare a special week to recognize adoptions and the number of states declaring a special day increased until National Adoption Month was recognized in 1990. Our local Westmoreland County Commissioners proclaimed November 20, 2015, as National Adoption Day in Westmoreland County. While many areas of the law do not involve particularly happy hearings, an adoption hearing is certainly an exception to that rule. It is amazing to see the heartfelt testimony offered by adoptive parents who are so very excited to welcome children into their home. It was a wonderful experience for me to hear applause in a courtroom today when the Judge announced that an adoption was final!