An early Thanksgiving for thousands of children and families

Thanksgiving came early this year for many deserving children and families. More than 4,500 children in foster care were adopted by their forever families throughout the month of November in nearly 400 cities across the United States as part of National Adoption Day celebrations.

Officially recognized this past Saturday, November 22, National Adoption Day raised awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. It is also a day to draw attention to more than 23,000 children each year who age out of the foster care system without families to support them in the future. Since National Adoption Day began in 2000, this event has made the dream of a safe and forever family come true for nearly 54,500 children.

“Through no fault of their own, thousands of children are in foster care because of neglect, abuse or abandonment, and are waiting to be adopted,” said Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “It is unacceptable that any child grows up without a safe, loving and permanent home or a family to support them throughout their lives. This is why National Adoption Day is so important.”

Elected officials from across the country have put politics aside to express their support for National Adoption Day. President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in support of the day, as have past presidents.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a strong advocate of supporting families throughout domestic and international adoption processes, said, “For too many children in our own country and around the world, having a stable, loving family and a permanent home is a distant dream. We need to keep fighting for all these children. Our kids – all kids – deserve so much more than just a roof over their heads and a bed to sleep in: each and every child deserves a loving home, a nurturing family, and a brighter future.”

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), an adoptive parent and adoption advocate, shares why he supports this initiative, “Adoption has been a big part of my life in many ways. When I was in private practice I handled many adoptions for families who wanted to give a positive future to a child. It is a long process and can be very emotionally draining whether they adopt privately or through an agency. My wife, Edie, and I adopted our two children – this has been a wonderful journey and I wouldn’t trade it for the anything. Adopting and being a part of this process and community has been one of the great honors of my life. Every child should be afforded the opportunity to become successful and live a happy life.”

There is still much work to be done. The National Adoption Day Coalition created the One Day Project to give hope to children waiting in foster care and encourage others to adopt. Please post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #OneDayProject to share your support for National Adoption Day, along with a short caption about why you support adoption.

For more information about adoption, please visit our Adoption Resources section.

November 26, 2014