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.
The National Adoption Day Coalition is pleased to announce Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated My Big Fat Greek Wedding writer and actress, as its 2010 National Adoption Day spokesperson.
LOS ANGELES – National Adoption Day 2010 will be held on Saturday, November 20. 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.
In all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, the widespread cause will include events ranging from courtroom adoptions to local celebrations.
More than 4,500 children adopted from foster care this year celebrated finding their forever families during the 10th Annual National Adoption Day on November 21. After a decade, the number of children in foster care adopted on National Adoption Day totals nearly 30,000. Los Angeles hosted a celebration with Actress Nia Vardalos.