Judge Discusses Benefits of Adoption
The judge, who specializes in cases involving child abuse and other kinds of abuse, told of remembering the feeling of adopting her own daughter. At 40 years old, the judge had never had children of her own. It was the photo of an infant that called to her heart. The judge said that it was seven months after she saw the photos that a phone call changed her life. That phone call was one telling her she could bring her daughter home.
Friends and family were worried about how the woman would raise a child on her own, but the judge calls her daughter, now a university graduate, the light of her life. “She was in my heart from day one,” said Woodard.
It was her own experience with adoption 25 years ago that made her want to help families feel the same way. She has been able to do so for the past eight years, working in Circuit Court. The judge is now helping people celebrate the joy of adoption in much the same way she did all those years ago.
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