November 17 8:00 am
Los Angeles National Adoption Day
The 19th annual National Adoption Day in Los Angeles will be celebrated at the Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court in Monterey Park on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The Los Angeles Juvenile Court, DCFS, Alliance for Children’s Rights and Public Counsel, alongside dozens of volunteer attorneys and law firms, will finalize adoptions for 202 children in foster care and celebrate forever families. There will be a welcome/press conference at 8:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of the courthouse led by Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Victor Greenberg. Speakers include Alliance CEO Jennifer Braun, Public Counsel CEO Margaret Morrow, DCFS Adoption Director Bobby Cagel, and Willie Garson, actor/adoptive parent. Adoption hearings will occur from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. There will be refreshments and activities for children hosted by the Young Hearts Foundation, including kids musicians, an interactive book reading from Books & Cookies and books for the kids to read, a food table with bagels/cream cheese, fruits, pastries, and kids' snacks; arts and crafts including Play-doh, Thanksgiving (gratitude) cards, and a crayon art project; and photographers on standby for "first family portraits." Media coverage of adoption hearings with pre-approved families.