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More than 44,500 children in foster care have been adopted on National Adoption Day. It’s a day that represents new lives for children and for their parents. Learn what National Adoption Day means to those who have experienced it first hand.

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Organizations Family and adoptees Advocates

Fay & John

Category: Families and adoptees

Watertown, MA

Children: James and Arnald

We have been so blessed having James and Arnald in our lives. We adopted Arnald in December 2004. We've had the privilege of having his half-brother James in our lives since he was 3 days old. We adopted James officially on National Adoption Day 2007.


Mary-Ann C.

Category: Families and adoptees

Ashland, KY

My son wrote this story about his adoption day for a third grade assignment.

"The Adoption"

One summer morning I woke up early. My mother told me to get dressed because my sister and I were going to court to get adopted! At that time my name was Andrew. I got to change my name to Victor Clarke. I was very excited about having a new mom and a new name!

My sister and I had lived with Mary for about three years. Mary, my sister, and I were going to talk to a judge he asked us about living with Mary forever.

On May 12, 2004, Mary Clarke adopted my sister and me. That evening we had a party at Central Park. I invited my baseball team. We had a water war. I got a pen that plays music. My sister and I had our first ice cream cake. It said Happy Gotcha Day on it. Then we went to play in the park and climbed some trees. Then our mom told us to pack up to go home.

I felt different because I was going home with a new mom and felt really happy.


Jonathan P. T.

Category: Families and adoptees

Plymouth, MA

Two years ago, Jonathan and Jennifer Thompson’s first adoptive son was born at South Shore Hospital. Nicholas was two months premature and Jennifer, a nurse in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), was his primary caregiver. After a few weeks, Jennifer noticed that no family was coming to visit Nicholas and when she inquired about his situation, she was told that Nicholas had been abandoned. Jonathan and Jennifer had wanted more children after the birth of their daughter, now age six, but were having difficulty. The two had prayed earnestly that God would provide the means for them to have more children. The old saying, “Be careful what you pray for, you may just get it” came true for the Thompsons. On December 15, 2004, Jonathan and Jennifer officially adopted Nicholas Patrick into their family after becoming his foster parents through the foster care system. The family provided foster care for Nicholas’ little brother Lucas; and they officially adopted him on National Adoption Day 2005.

After a few months of having Nicholas in the house, Jonathan and Jennifer’s daughter came to her parents and told them that she had been praying every night for a brother. Now she has two!

Jonathan and Jennifer know that they are a very lucky family and feel that it is such a wonderful experience to foster a child and then have the opportunity to adopt him or her as well. The Thompson family would like to encourage all families and individuals to help and support their local child services agency. They know the profound impact that the love and support of a permanent family can have on a child's life.


Davena B.

Category: Families and adoptees

Phoenix, AZ

Davena is a pediatric nurse and single mom with two older daughters. She found herself with too much time on her hands as her children got older, so she decided to be a foster parent with the possibility of adopting a child.

Her first foster child was a 6-week old, drug exposed African American girl. The baby was perfect in every way! By the time she was 1-year-old, her parental rights were severed. Davena was thrilled to be able to adopt her.

Today, the child is very smart and a drama queen, which she takes after her older sisters who adore the very ground she walks on! Their world now revolves around this child. Davena has continued to foster and welcome children into her home.


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