National Adoption Day is celebrated every November 19 and events are held all over the country to celebrate this holiday.
According to nationaltoday.com, communities and courts join efforts to find the right families for children in the foster care system. National Adoption Day is an endeavor to draw attention to the more than 125,000 children in the United States who wait to be adopted from foster care. National Adoption Day was formed by a coalition of national partners, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Children’s Action Network. The coalition and the Freddie Mac Foundation encouraged different cities in 2000 to open their courts on or around the Saturday before Thanksgiving to finalize adoptions from foster care.
Information provided by nationaltoday.com states these one-day events in 400 U.S. cities date the dreams of 75,000 children in foster care to finding their new homes. Around 150,000 adoptions occur each year, including about 50,000 through foster care.
Necco Foster Care makes it simple for people in West Virginia to foster children into their families. Necco is committed to the foster parents and foster children, they work to find an ideal match for both the parent and the child. Once the child is placed into a foster family, Necco will remain to be a constant source of support to ensure the best possible connection and outcome.
According to adoptuskids.com, West Virginia finalized 1,683 adoptions in the fiscal year 2020. Many children awaiting adoption in West Virginia are considered special needs. However, this is often a term used to say waiting children. Special needs can be used to define children:
• who are over the age of 8 which presents a barrier to adoption
• a physical or mental disability
• serious emotional maladjustment
• a recognized high risk of physical or mental disability
• over the age of 2 and is part of a minority group
• a member of a sibling group who should be placed together
• has been certified as a special needs child by the department.
National Adoption Day and Necco serve the purpose to lift children out of an impossible situations and into a world filled with hope. National Adoption Day can be observed by volunteering at an event, using social media to promote adoption and even taking a leap to consider adoption.