It's the one day each year when the Polk County Courthouse is all smiles.
34 children were adopted into twenty-four families Saturday.
It's all a part of “Adoption Saturday”, a nationwide event where judges volunteer part of their weekends to finalize adoptions.
Judge Colleen Cohen says Polk County doesn't have a backlog of adoption cases.
However, the Saturday event allows judges to see families without competing against the typical courthouse traffic.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to be here and see the good we can do. Usually our days are filled with some good, some not so good. It sets the tone for the rest of the year,” said Cohen.
In thirteen years of the event, more than 500 central Iowa children have been adopted.
Nationwide, there is just over 100,000 children up for adoption.