About National Adoption Day

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.

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More than
100,000
children in the U.S. are waiting in foster care for an adoptive family
Nearly
4 years
average wait for a foster child to be adopted
More than
23,000
foster children age out of the system every year with no family or permanent home
children in the U.S. are waiting in foster care for an adoptive family
average wait for a foster child to be adopted
foster children age out of the system every year with no family or permanent home

Our Day

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.


Communities across the county celebrate every Saturday before Thanksgiving.


4,500
children were adopted by their forever families during the 14th annual National Adoption Day in 2013
400
cities participated across the United States in 2013
Nearly
50,000
total number of children National Adoption Day has helped move from foster care to a forever family since its inception in 2000
children were adopted by their forever families during the 14th annual National Adoption Day in 2013
cities participated across the United States in 2013
total number of children National Adoption Day has helped move from foster care to a forever family since its inception in 1999

One Day Project

The day an adoption is finalized is one families never forget. The National Adoption Day Coalition created the One Day Project to share with the thousands of waiting children and families what this “one day” feels like.