Since its inception in 2000, the National Adoption Day effort has helped nearly 35,000 children find permanent, loving families.
In 2010, 4,800 children from foster care found their forever families during the 11th Annual National Adoption Day on Nov. 20. After more than a decade, the number of children in foster care adopted on National Adoption Day totals nearly 35,000.
New Orleans Saints owner, Rita Benson Leblanc, Sen. Mary Landrieu and local adoptive families will come together on the Superdome turf to celebrate National Adoption Day 2010 on Sunday, Nov. 21. Festivities will begin before kick-off of the Saints versus Seattle Seahawks game at 3:05 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Elected officials from across the country have put politics aside to express their support for National Adoption Day on Saturday, Nov. 20. Over 350 events will take place across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. to finalize over 4,500 adoptions from foster care and raise awareness of the 114,000 children still waiting to find families through adoption. This year marks the 11th anniversary of National Adoption Day, and to date, more than 30,000 children have been adopted through these efforts.
Oscar-nominated actress Nia Vardalos joined us to share a cause near and dear to her heart-- adoption. She and her husband, Ian Gomez, adopted a 3 year old girl from foster care in 2008. She's an advocate for US foster care adoption and National Adoption Day. This year it's November 20, 2010. On that day, child advocates, policymakers, judges and lawyers work without charge to finalize the adoptions of 4500 kids in foster care.
Actress and parent Nia Vardalos shares how she became a mother in the 2010 National Adoption Day audio news release. Listen now.
Actress and parent Nia Vardalos shares her story of becoming a mother on CBS' The Talk. Nia and her husband adopted their daughter from the U.S. foster care system and Nia is the spokesperson for National Adoption Day 2010. For more information on how to adopt, please visit www.nationaladoptionday.org.
National Adoption Day 2010 Public Service Announcement
ProjectMMH.org is a volunteer effort that supports country singer Jimmy Wayne's "Meet Me Halfway" project. The organization's website is a resource for information about the project and the issue of foster youth who "age out" of the foster care system and face serious life problems such as homelessness and poverty. Download Jimmy Wayne's song "Elephant Ears" for free in honor of National Adoption Month.
Giving a child a strong foundation -- a home, a family to love, and a safe place to grow -- is one of life's greatest and most generous gifts. Through adoption, both domestic and international, Americans from across our country have provided secure environments for children who need them, and these families have benefited from the joy an adopted child can bring. Thanks to their nurturing and care, more young people have been able to realize their potential and lead full, happy lives. This year, we celebrate National Adoption Month to recognize adoption as a positive and powerful force in countless American lives, and to encourage the adoption of children from foster care.