National Adoption Day timeline
Nearly 70,000 children in the foster system have celebrated their forever families on this day since its inception.
400 cities strong
Over 400 cities across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia participate in events to celebrate families that adopt.
First National Adoption Day
A coalition of sponsors partner with state foster care agencies, courts, and law firms to establish this official day with events across the country.
New measures help adoptees search for their birth parents if they desire to do so. More states begin to consider changing laws to give those separated by adoption access to information about themselves and each other.
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How to Observe National Adoption Day
Volunteer at an event
Help one of the hundreds of organizations that support National Adoption Day, such as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Children’s Action Network. Get involved in a rally, volunteer at an adoption exhibit, or donate your time to a local fundraising event.
Use social media
Promote adoption with the hashtag #nationaladoptionday. The more we know, the more we are engaged, and the more children find forever homes.
Take a leap
Looking to grow your family? Consider adoption! It may not be for everyone, but if you have considered adoption, join the thousands who have given a precious child a forever home.
3 Foster Care Facts
Thousands of children need placement
More than 117,000 children are currently awaiting forever families in the U.S. foster care system.
The average wait is 3 years
On average, children in the foster care system wait three years to be adopted.
Many children age out
Over 20,000 children age out of the foster care system annually, without a family or permanent home.
Why National Adoption Day is Important
We get to celebrate family
National Adoption Day is a time when thousands of children who have spent days, months, or even years in foster care are finally given a forever home with their forever parents.
We get to witness raw and simple love
Adoption is a celebration of selfless, simple love. It’s the choice to foster and permanently adopt someone else’s child. It’s choosing your family and giving kids without a family a home filled with love.
We get to volunteer
Hundreds of organizations work to promote adoption. We get to volunteer our time to help them spread the word and land a permanent home for thousands of children in the foster care system.