National Adoption Day news for planners and partners

National Adoption Day 2013

Thanksgiving came early this year for many deserving children and families. Thanks to your dedication and hard work, approximately 4,500 children in foster care were adopted by their forever families on National Adoption Day! Events were celebrated in hundreds of cities across the country and millions of people learned about the need for adoption from foster care. This annual one-day event has made the dreams of nearly 50,000 of children come true through the efforts of policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families since it was founded in 2000. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for news highlights from around the country.

Share your event results

We’d love to know the results of your event! Please remember to update your event registration with the number of children adopted. If you have high resolution photos from your event, along with a release form from the family, please share with us for consideration to be featured on the National Adoption Day website. Send photos and release forms to Yvonne Pentz at

Mark your calendars

National Adoption Day is officially recognized on the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. It will be celebrated on November 22, 2014 next year.

One Day Project

The National Adoption Day Coalition created the One Day Project to give hope to children waiting in foster care and to encourage others to adopt. Please encourage families who adopted on National Adoption Day to share their story. Click here to submit a video or text story to give hope to waiting children and encourage others to adopt.

December 5, 2013