National Adoption Day is celebrated in the United States every year before Thanksgiving. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the adoption process, and to celebrating the wonderful families who have chosen to adopt.
National Adoption Day was established in the year 2000. Since then, numerous procedures have been established to help integrate children into new families. In 2004, a record 3400 children were adopted in the United States, and the number is growing each year as more people become aware of the issues surrounding orphanhood.
Statistics show that on National Adoption Day, every year around 110,000 children find their forever families. Imagine how many kids are out there still waiting for a mom and dad to call their own! The date also serves to dispel many myths about the adoption process, and to show that, though difficult, it is still a viable and positive way to give a child the home and love they need.
- Until 1929, children were taken around the country and offered for adoption at railway stations – a practice known as the ‘adoption train’.
- Most orphans are concentrated in African countries.
- Studies have shown that there are 18 million orphans in the world.
- There are many famous people who have been adopted, including Nicole Richie, Faith Hill, Harry Coleman, and Steve Jobs.
- Every year, more than 20,000 children age out of the foster system without finding a permanent family.
How to take part
If you are considering adopting a child, it is important to do your research and find out as much as you can about the process. It is a big decision, and one that requires a lot of thought and preparation. If you are not in a position to adopt a child, you can still help out in other ways, such as visiting children in orphanages, donating food or toys, or making financial contributions.
When is National Adoption Day celebrated in 2023?
National Adoption Day is observed on the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year.