According to NationalAdoptionDay.org there are 117,000 children in the American Foster Care system waiting to be adopted this year. National Adoption Day, which falls on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, was created to raise awareness about the many children waiting for forever homes.
Since the year 2000 about 70,000 children were placed into loving and caring families; making numerous children’s dreams answered. On National Adoption Day in the year 2017 over 5,000 children’s adoptions were finalized. (1)
However great this effort is, there are unfortunately children entering foster care each day, through no fault of their own. Many are placed in foster care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.(2) Through the tragic disruption of their lives, these children are usually in desperate need of loving, caring arms to hold them and let them feel safe.
Even with constant endeavors such as this, regrettably over 20,000 young adults are placed out of foster care due to their age. (1) Children are only able to stay in foster care up until the ages between 18 and 21; leaving them vulnerable and sometimes unready for the world around them.
National Adoption Day was inspired by the former presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Court, Michael Nash. He voluntarily opened his court on Saturdays to finalize adoptions to reduce the backlog court cases. (2)
This holiday, which falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, was created in the year 2000 by Dave Thomas Foundation and its partners, The Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Freddie Mac Foundation. At that time these foundations encouraged seven cities to finalize and celebrate adoptions through foster care. (2)
The National Adoption Day Collaborative grew to include the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and Action for Children. Currently there are over 400 events in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam.(2)
I am adding my voice to raise awareness for all the children languishing in the foster care system. If we open our homes and our hearts, many more children can have the stability and love they need and are desperately seeking.