National Adoption Day is a collective national effort designed to promote national awareness of the inordinate number of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. The goal of National Adoption Day is that all children in foster care be adopted. There are more than 100,000 children in foster care and in total about 58,000 children have been adopted.
There are more than 29,400 children currently in the New York State foster care system. 7,659 of those children were freed for adoption and are waiting for a family. These children will wait in foster care on average about five years to be adopted. 1,506 children were never adopted and aged out of foster care. Adoption is one of the few truly happy events which occur in Monroe County Family Court. Children are united with parents who will provide them a loving and safe environment to be raised in.
This national one day event has helped thousands of children in foster care to be adopted into safe and loving families. In 2013, about 4,500 children were adopted during the fourteenth National Adoption Day in about four hundred cities across the country. The 2014 goal is that 4,500 children in foster care be adopted on National Adoption Day.
Additionally, the goals of National Adoption Day are to finalize adoptions in Family Courts nationally, honor families who adopt, raise awareness of the 101,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted, encourage families to adopt from foster care and strengthen the collaboration among adoption agencies, contacts and advocacy organizations.
If you are thinking of adoption, please consider adopting a child already in foster care. The phone number is: (585) 753-6533 or you can visit the website of the Office of Children and Family Services at: www.ocfs.state.ny.us. and click on the Adoption tab. Families who have adopted by submitting their personal stories and success should encourage others to do the same.
National Adoption Day is celebrated on November 21, 2014 locally and on November 22,2014 nationwide.