During the month of November, communities around the nation celebrate National Adoption month. Its purpose is to raise awareness of those children still in foster care awaiting permanent and loving families. There are more than 100,000 children waiting in foster care who are in need of permanency. In Arizona alone, there are over 18,000 children currently in foster care. About 1,000 children enter Arizona’s foster care system each month.
A child spends an average of 3+ years in the foster care system. The average waiting child is 7 ½ years old. Every year, roughly 23,000 children age out of foster care. Although there are supports offered for those who age out, many lack loving, supportive families.
To help encourage awareness of the increasing numbers of children in foster care, the National Adoption Day was created. The official National Adoption Day is November 19th.
Tucson has been celebrating the National Adoption Day celebration since 2000. MyersStrickland, PLLC, formally The Law Offices of Scott E Myers, has participated in this event each year since its inception. This year marks the 17th annual Adoption Day in the Park.
One day in November, Tucson families and friends gather at an informal, carnival-like event where as many as 90 families finalize their adoptions. The Tucson park event draws roughly 1,200 people and finalizes the adoption of nearly 125 children, ensuring permanency for those foster care children. Nationwide, there were 4,000 children who were adopted during the annual National Adoption Day event in the year 2015.
To take part in the celebration, just tag #onedayproject.
You can learn more about National Adoption Day by visiting www.nationaladoptionday.org, or by vising its sponsors’ sites:
- Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (for link: https://davethomasfoundation.org/ )
- Adoption American Network (for link: http://www.adoptamericanetwork.org/ )
- Children’s Welfare League of America (http://www.cwla.org/ )
- AdoptUSKids (http://www.adoptuskids.org/ )
- North American Council for Adoptable Children (http://www.nacac.org/ )
To learn more about the organizations involved in Tucson’s Adoptions in the Park event, visit:
- Arizona Baptist Children’s Services (http://www.abcs.org/ )
- Casey Family Programs (http://www.casey.org/arizona/ )
- Catholic Social Service (http://www.ccs-soaz.org/ )
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (http://www.azcourts.gov/CASA )
- Christian Family Care (https://cfcare.org/ )
- Foster & Adoptive Council of Tucson (FACT) (http://fosterandadoptivecounciloftucson.org/ )
- Pima County Juvenile Court (http://www.pcjcc.pima.gov/ )
- Pima County Attorney’s Office (http://www.pcao.pima.gov/ )
- Oasis Adoption Services (http://www.oasisadoption.com/ )
- RISE Family Services, Inc. (http://riseservicesinc.org/arizona-cat/az-family-services/ )
- Nicholas of Myra Adoptions (http://www.ccs-stnicks.org/ )