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Orphans’ Court celebrates Adoption Day


The office of Bucks County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court hosted its sixth annual National Adoption Day celebration Nov. 22.

For the past six years, Clerk of the Orphans’ Court Don Petrille, has offered a proclamation honoring an individual who has notably advanced the cause of adoption.

This year, the office recognized Lynne Kallus-Rainey who recently retired after 42 years of service to the county and 12 years as the executive director of the county’s Children and Youth Social Services Agency. The office recognized Kallus-Rainey’s increased delivery of services and program innovation, which targeted available resources in the face of growing demand and limited public funding.

Adoptive father Judge Robert J. Mellon of the Court of Common Pleas, drew attention to grandparents raising their grandchildren, an increasing trend in the county. His main message focused on the gift of a loving home adoptive parents provide.

The event also featured the Central Bucks West High School Men’s Choir performing an original piece from Director Joseph Ohrt “Child of Wonder” as well as Amy Grant’s “Children of the World” with Jack Prisco, soloist, and Patrick Meeks playing guitar.

The event was sponsored by Huntingdon Valley Bank and lunch was provided by Doylestown’s Chambers 19.