Join us as we celebrate nearly 150 adoptions from foster care in Los Angeles!
The Alliance is proud to have—in partnership with the Children’s Court, the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, and Public Counsel—led the efforts to expedite and complete adoptions for children and youth in foster care during the challenges of the COVID pandemic.
We look forward to this local 21st Annual National Adoption Day celebration, when nearly 150 children and their adoptive parents in Los Angeles will appear through remote technology and unite as forever families!
Our event also helps us kick off observances of the 21st Annual National Adoption Day that are happening in hundreds of communities across the country, where many jurisdictions have scheduled similar virtual adoption hearings or other virtual events to show their support and raise public awareness about the urgent need for foster care adoption in the United States.
ABOUT NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY — Founded in 2000 by a coalition of national partners — Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and Children’s Action Network — National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the more than 120,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States.
The first National Adoption Day was inspired by the innovative efforts of Michael Nash, a former presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Court. He opened the court on Saturdays, engaged the volunteer efforts of court personnel and finalized adoptions to reduce the backlog of one of the busiest courts in the nation. Policymakers, practitioners and advocates have collaborated to plan these annual events in 400 cities across the United States. To date, the dreams of more than 75,000 children in foster care have come true as part of National Adoption Day events.
IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC — it may not be possible to hold the customary National Adoption Day events and in-court celebrations in other cities this year. To keep our communities safe, we ask that you continue to follow your state and local guidelines and health regulations on court proceedings and other gatherings during COVID-19. If allowed in your jurisdiction and feasible, consider scheduling virtual adoption hearings.
You can help by spreading the word! Even though National Adoption Day may look different this year, we encourage you to join us in raising awareness and uplifting adoptions from foster care. You can show your support by posting photos from virtual adoptions or past events on social media as well as information about the urgent need for foster care adoption in the United States. Use the hashtag, #nationaladoptionday and tag @DTFA so that the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption can share your posts.