November is National Adoption Month

November 9, 2020

Join child welfare staff, court partners, caregivers and families in celebrating National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day.

National Adoption Month is meant to increase awareness of the need for finding permanent and loving homes for the thousands of children in foster care nationwide. National Adoption Day encourages judges to open their courts on or around the Saturday before Thanksgiving to finalize and celebrate adoptions. In celebration, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed Nov. 21, as Adoption Day in Washington

This year, courts and communities across Washington will celebrate the 16th Annual Adoption Day on Nov. 20, 2020. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is partnering with the Washington Courts to host Adoption Day celebrations across the state throughout the month. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, events will be smaller and in some cases virtual.

There are more than 1,194 children and youth in Washington who are legally free and waiting for their forever home. 

Washington recognizes the importance of finding a permanent and caring family for every child in need and supporting the families who care for them and Adoption Day raises public awareness of the need for more adoptive parents.

We urge all Washingtonians to join in celebrating the loving families created through adoption and expressing our profound appreciation for all those who help make adoptions possible.