National Adoption Day 2011 will be held on Saturday, November 19. Celebrated across the United States, more than 350 community events are held each year to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care and celebrate adoptive families. Among those joining the National Adoption Day celebration is White Collar actor Willie Garson, who adopted his now 10-year-old son, Nathen, from Los Angeles County foster care in 2010. Garson also will serve as the national spokesperson for National Adoption Day 2011.
Commissioner Geoffrey Allen at The Family Justice Center in Kansas City, MO shares how they celebrated National Adoption Day 2010. A big thank you to all the volunteers who made their celebration a success.
Nia Vardalos shares her journey to becoming a parent with Extra. She is the spokesperson for National Adoption Day. For more information, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org.
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.