CINCINNATI, Ohio — Four-year-old Thomas might be too young to know it yet, but he just made history. He’s one of the first group of kids in Hamilton County to officially be adopted on a secured site online.
“I’ll sign this final decree of adoption making what you’ve waited so long for official, so congratulations,” said Probate Judge Ralph Winkler.
“Woo-hoo!” his family yells out in excitement during the latest adoption hearing.
Hamilton County's new probate magistrate is 1st Hispanic woman in role
March 27, 2020
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Attorney Berti Garcia Helmick made history this week when she was sworn in as the first Hispanic woman to serve as a magistrate on Hamilton County’s Probate Court.
Garcia Helmick has been an attorney for 25 years and has represented people with mental illness in the courts as a member of the county’s mental health panel.
“I’m very honored to be the first Hispanic magistrate, and we have a large Hispanic population here in Hamilton County,” Garcia Helmick said. “It’s important that someone on the other side of the bench can understand the pressures they’re going through.”
Step-grandpa quietly commits to becoming dad: 'I would die for them.'
Nov. 28, 2019
Nine-year-old Carter had his hair cut the day before. Close on the sides, a little longer on top. He and his new "forever" dad dressed alike: Black button-down shirts. Dark, sturdy blue jeans. Brown boots.
Caity, 5, wore a long, dusty-pink dress printed with white roses and her cowgirl boots, brown too but with pink stitching. Michael McQueen had fixed her long, brown hair just like always:
"I have my own concoction," the step-grandpa said. Leave-in conditioner, a touch of coconut oil and a few drops of olive oil in a spray bottle so that combing through what McQueen calls Caity's '"self-tangling hair" will be a tear-free task.
14 children find their forever homes on adoption day in Hamilton County
Nov 1, 2019
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio —
Lives were changed forever -- just in time for the holidays. On Friday, 14 children were adopted into eight families.
It was a chance to celebrate and put an official seal on something they already knew -- these kids have found their forever homes.
Treka Engleman adopted three children today, and it was obvious to see that they all share a very special bond. Engleman lost her mother when she was very young and knew she always wanted to be a mother.
This year’s high-profile race for Hamilton County Probate Court is – or should be – more than a popularity contest.
Better known for handling wills and marriage licenses, the court actually deals with some of society’s most intractable problems, including mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, broken families and aging.
Each party has nominated one of its biggest family names – former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken on the Democratic side and Common Pleas Judge Ralph Winkler on the Republican side – to replace Judge Jim Cissell, who’s too old to run again.