National Adoption Day was instituted to honor the countless adoptive families across the country.
Ever since 2000, over 30,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day.
The NY Daily News reported on a story yesterday about 16 youngsters becoming new citizens just in time for Thanksgiving. These children came from China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, and St. Lucia. They range in age from 1 to 16, and were all adopted by American families.
At a time when domestic abuse against children is an ever-growing concern, the amazing gift of a second chance at life through adoption speaks volumes about the essence that truly defines the heart of the American people.
Here are some frightening facts about domestic abuse against children:
- 90% of children from violent homes witness their mothers being beaten by their fathers
- Children who come from homes where violence is prevalent are about 1500% more likely to be abused or neglected than the national average
- About 3.3 million children are witnesses to domestic violence in their homes each year
- The arrest rate of abused kids is 4 times more than non-abused kids
November 20 marks the one time of the year where a collective national effort is made to raise awareness for over 114,000 kids in foster care. These children, and many more like them, are waiting to be placed into loving homes.
Some of the goals of this organization include:
- Completing the adoption process from foster care in all 50 states
- Honoring and commemorating the families who adopt
- Raising awareness for the thousands of children who are still waiting to be adopted
- Inspiring others to adopt
- Forming an alliance among national partners, courts, agencies, and advocacy organizations
The following links will direct all interested viewers to the official National Adoption Day website.
- To read about some Family Adoption Stories, then please click here.
- To get involved yourself in National Adoption Day, then “Plan an Event”.
- To hear more media coverage about these families, refer to the section entitled “In the News”.
National Adoption Day only happens once a year. For all those who were adopted, and for the many more still waiting, this day lets it be known that there are families out there who care.