Today, November 19, is National Adoption Day. This awareness-raising day-long initiative began in 2000 throughout the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico. It has been responsible for the adoption of more than 35,000 children, finding forever homes for children in the foster care system.
According to the NationalAdoptionDay.org website:
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 114,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. For the last 11 years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care.The goals of National Adoption Day are:
- Finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico
- Celebrate and honor all families who adopt
- Raise awareness about more the 107,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption
- Encourage others to adopt children from foster care
- Build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations
- Communicate availability and need for post-adoptive services
You can find out more about National Adoption Day here.
For anyone who has read my book Man Shoes, you know that I was adopted by a wonderful family out of the foster care system, after living through 13 foster homes and years of abuse. As you can imagine, I think this initiative is wonderful!