National Adoption Day: Thousands of Children Find Permanent, Loving Familes

(PHOTO: REUTERS/TIM SHAFFER) Adoptive mother Theresa Alden with her sons Gavin (L), 6, and Graem, 4, at their residence in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 10, 2008. Alden's children, Gavin and Graem, are two of around 140,000 adopted in the United States each year. Of those, around 20,000 are adopted by adults of a different race. But black children in foster care are less likely to be adopted into a family than children from other races and U.S. laws governing adoption are failing, according to a major new report.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/TIM SHAFFER)
Adoptive mother Theresa Alden with her sons Gavin (L), 6, and Graem, 4, at their residence in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 10, 2008. Alden’s children, Gavin and Graem, are two of around 140,000 adopted in the United States each year. Of those, around 20,000 are adopted by adults of a different race. But black children in foster care are less likely to be adopted into a family than children from other races and U.S. laws governing adoption are failing, according to a major new report.

Thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families are hoping their dreams will come true as communities and churches across the country celebrate the annual National Adoption Day on Saturday.

It’s a day to celebrate adopted families as well as raise awareness of more than 100,000 children in foster care still looking for forever families every Saturday before Thanksgiving. It has helped nearly 50,000 children move from foster care to a forever family since its inception in 2000.

In courtrooms around the country, about 4,500 adoptions from foster care will be finalized Saturday, according to the Adoptions Together group. Last year, the same number of youth in foster care were adopted by their forever families as 400 cities participated in the 14th annual National Adoption Day celebration.

In the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia courtrooms, about 200 adoptions will likely take place Saturday, the group says, noting, however, that every year 30,000 teens turn 18 without permanent families.

It is estimated that the average wait for a foster child to be adopted is four years.

In Indiana, Bethany Lutheran Church is hosting a celebration Saturday at the church in La Porte, inviting those who have adopted, those who were adopted and those considering adopting to come celebrate, mingle and learn, according to The News-Dispatch.

In Massachusetts, more than 100 youth in foster care, between the ages of infancy and 16 years, were adopted into 85 families through courthouses in Boston, Brockton, Worcester, Hadley and Springfield on Friday, according to WGGB.com.

“There are too many children in foster care that need loving permanent homes and today is just a great day for those children to have created a new family for them that with give them love, guidance, caring and everyone opening up their hearts to each other,” Andrew Rome, the state’s general counsel with the Department of Children and Families, was quoted as saying.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar

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