National Adoption Day Brings Families Together for 17th Year

National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 107,000 U.S. children in foster care waiting to be adopted. 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.

National Adoption Day began in the year 2000 as an effort to push delayed adoption proceedings through the court system. The founding coalition of nonprofits behind the effort included The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Children’s Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. In its first year there were nine jurisdictions that participated and now this remarkable day is celebrated nationwide in more than 400 cities.

In total, National Adoption Day has helped nearly 58,500 children move from foster care to a forever family. This year on November 19, communities across the country will open their courts to finalize thousands of adoptions. Last year, more than 4,000 children were adopted on this special day.

“National Adoption Day has truly become rooted in communities and courtrooms nationwide. In fact, many families choose to finalize their adoption on National Adoption Day because the day is so special,” said Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “We celebrate with these families and continue to tirelessly work toward achieving our vision, that every child will have a permanent home and a loving family.”

To learn more about your community’s celebration visit:

For more information about foster care adoption, call the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption at
1-800-ASK-DTFA, or order the free adoption guide at


November 16, 2016