Thursday, December 27, 2012
In Lucas County, Ohio, adoptees are given a small gavel to commemorate their adoption. This particular tradition has a little more sentiment to one presiding judge of Lucas County because he is an adopted child himself. Judge Time Krego now owns a much larger gavel; the one he now uses when he presides over the court. Yet, he still owns the one he first received 40 years ago when he was adopted by his mother's new husband at the time. To make the gift even more special, his newly adopted daughter now owns one too. Judge Krego's story of the gavel is not unique to him. Judge Krego stated for The Toledo Blade, "'I still run into people on a monthly basis who say they were adopted 40 years ago and still have the gavel.'" To commemorate this special anniversary, Toledo City Councilman Rob Luderman, the son of one of the probate judges in Lucas County, passed a resolution recognizing the judges and the court "'for their love and dedication to the children and parents who so wanted to become a family.'"
See Erica Blake, Adoption Rite Reaches Milestone, toledoBlade.com, Dec. 25, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.