National Adoption Day

Mother and two daughters adopted from foster care

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, policy makers, practitioners, advocates, foster and adoptive parents and community members come together to celebrate and make a difference in the life of a foster child.

Sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, The Alliance for Children’s Rights and Children’s Action Network, this one day event focuses on enhancing awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care across the United States who are awaiting permanent adoptive homes.

Last year 4,500 children were adopted on National Adoption Day, bringing the numbers to over 50,000 who have been helped by this event since 2000. This year’s celebration on November 21, 2015 is expected to legalize the adoptions of over 5,000 additional children. Through education and events highlighting the problem, adoptive families are sought to shorten the average four year wait for a home and to lower the number of 20,000 youths that age out of foster care without a family connection.

Anyone who has attended a local Adoption Day Court Finalization shares in the excitement and joy. Children are dressed in their finest party attire and parents can’t stop smiling. Some are new parents; some are adding another child. Judges and court reporters are in their glory as they sign finalization papers and pose for photos with newly formed families. Then there are the celebrations when families return home. Joined by friends and extended family who also recognize the importance of this day.

While forever families can never take away the emotional or physical trauma experienced by a child, a permanent home provides a foundation for healing and future growth.

When a child finds a permanent home:

* Being surrounded by family, gives a sense of belonging.

* Knowing you are loved and wanted, instills a new sense of confidence and well-being.

* Feeling like everyone else, adds a sense of calm and peacefulness.

When a family adopts, they gain, as well:

* Fulfilling a lifelong dream of starting or enlarging a family.

* A sense of commitment and earned entitlement to care for and raise a child.

* Providing a younger or older sibling to a son or daughter.

* Knowing they are making a difference in the life of a child.

This November, join thousands of others across the United States as they celebrate adoption and adoptive families. Lobby politicians and local community services to focus not only on this day and month, but to devote a continued effort to locate permanent and loving homes for the children who wait.

Find out how you can get involved or locate an event in your community HERE 

 

Click for more from Adoption.NET Executive Writer Kathy Brodsky