Celebrating the adoption of children in foster care

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families.

In total, National Adoption Day helped nearly 50,000 children move from foster care to a forever family. Communities across the county celebrate the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. In 2013, approximately 4,500 children were adopted by their forever families during the 14th annual National Adoption Day celebration in nearly 400 cities across the United States.

This year the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day, on November 22, 2014.


  • Finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states
  • Celebrate and honor families who adopt
  • Raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving homes
  • Encourage others to adopt children from foster care
  • Build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations

To learn about our national partners, please click here.

To learn more about some of the families who have adopted through National Adoption Day in previous years, please click here.

If you have adopted through National Adoption Day and would like to share your story with us, please click here.

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