On Nov. 19, National Adoption Day, the lives of thousands of children will be forever changed as courts across the country open their doors and finalize adoptions for children currently in foster care. National Adoption Day, a part of National Adoption Month, brings together adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and volunteers in celebration of adoption in communities large and small across the nation.
Now in its 11th year, National Adoption Day has resulted in finalized adoptions for more than 30,000 children in the United States and this year, the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted.
The need for new adoptive families in the U.S. is growing. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that of the 408, 000 children in the U.S. foster care system in 2010, 107,000 of them are in need of an adoptive family. Sadly, more children become available for adoption each year than are adopted. In 2010, 64,084 children had parental rights terminated by the courts, yet only 52,340 were adopted.
“National Adoption Month helps bring greater awareness to the growing need for more adoptive families,” said Nancy Born, Adoption Program director. “Every child deserves a loving, secure and permanent family. The need is particularly great for older children, teenagers, youths with special needs and sibling sets.”
For 35 years, Aspiranet has worked to ensure that California children are placed in permanent, loving homes - touching the lives of more than 10,000 children. The organization provides adoption services at offices in the following 25 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura and takes collective action to support communities and families as they love and care for children.
To learn more about adopting a child, please call (877) 380-HERO or visit the website at: aspiranetadoption.org/.
Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501©(3) charity, supports foster children, siblings, families, and the community with 35 core programs offering specialized services through 45 satellite centers within California.
Founded more than 30 years ago as a six-bed group home for young boys in Moss Beach, CA, Aspiranet is one of the most diverse private social service agencies in California. With a statewide network of innovative services, Aspiranet has touched the lives of over 10,000 families and children since its founding.
Aspiranet’s vision of bringing families together and helping foster children, siblings, and parents thrive is realized through more than 35 core programs and services in six areas of expertise – Family Services, Foster Care, Adoption, Education, Afterschool programs, and Community Partnerships.