Each year, courts and communities across the country come together to raise awareness of the 125,000 children in foster care in the United States. Traditionally held the week before thanksgiving, courts are encouraged to host events that celebrate adoptions from foster care.
More than 1,800 children and youth in Washington are legally free and waiting for a family to call theirs forever.
This year, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed Nov. 22, 2019 as Adoption Day in the State of Washington. This will be the 15th Annual Adoption Day in the state.
“We celebrate National Adoption Day because it highlights the critical service that adoptions provide in helping create loving families for many of Washington’s children and youth,” said Ross Hunter, Secretary of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. “Of no fault of their own, children and youth in our care need a permanent family that will help them grow into resilient adults.”
DCYF and the Administrative Office of the Courts are hosting events in 22 counties across the state to celebrate National Adoption Day. Click here, to view the complete list of National Adoption Day events.
DCYF believes that every child deserves a permanent, stable and loving family. If you are interested in adopting a child through foster care, visit: www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/adoption.