National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the over 107,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent homes and loving families. For the last twelve years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find permanent, loving homes for children in foster care.
Celebrated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 400 events are held throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt. In total, more than 35,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.
Each year, events draw media attention from local outlets all over the country, and a National Press Event attracts nationwide media coverage. Past events have included addresses and appearances from celebrities and influential persons raising awareness about the need for foster care adoption. Notables include President and First Lady Bush, Bruce Willis, Henry Winkler, Victoria Rowell, Rodney Atkins, Eduardo Verástegui, various sports figures, numerous governors, members of Congress, and mayors. For more information, including sponsoring organizations, information about support from political officials, details about local events, and press materials visit www.nationaladoptionday.org.