More Than 65 Dallas Children Find Forever Homes on 15th Annual National Adoption Day

216815337_640DALLAS, TX – Dallas County observed National Adoption Day on Nov. 22 as more than 65 children were adopted at the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center in Dallas. The annual event is designed to expedite the adoption process for families and raise awareness about the thousands of children living in foster care who are waiting for loving, forever homes.
In the United States, more than half a million children are living in foster care after being removed from unsafe homes because of abuse or neglect. Many of these children will be able to return home or will find homes with other family members. However, for many children, adoption represents their only hope of finding a loving, permanent and safe home.
“The day promises to be an amazing celebration of happy endings for many of Dallas County’s foster children,” said event chair Phyllis Viola. “Dallas CASA is pleased to share in the joy of these children and their forever families.”
The goal of National Adoption Day is to eliminate the delays faced by children awaiting adoption—including nearly 500 children in Dallas County alone. To achieve that goal, judges across the country open their courtrooms on a Saturday in November and bring in community volunteers to help finalize the process.
Since National Adoption Day was founded in 2000, more than 50,000 children nationwide have been adopted at annual events held in almost 400 cities across the country. Last year alone, nearly 4,500 children permanently realized their dreams of having forever families after spending months or years in foster care.
Dallas County was among the first 10 municipalities nationwide to create a local adoption event and celebrates National Adoption Day by opening up the courthouse on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to facilitate these adoptions. Dallas CASA volunteers and staff, Child Protective Services, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas County District Clerk, Dallas County Juvenile District Courts and Dallas County Commissioners Court work in tandem to process the adoptions. Employees of these local municipalities and state agencies donate their time along with other local volunteers to make the day a special occasion for the children leaving the foster care system.
The Dallas CASA Children’s Council coordinates the day’s festivities with the help of local businesses and organizations and wishes to thank the following groups who work together to provide a fun celebration for the new families and their children leaving foster care:
AT&T; Balloons and Beyond; Brinker International; Cookies by Design; Dallas CASA Young Professionals; Dallas Professional Photographers Association; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Goldman Sachs; Ham Hula Custom Screen Printing; Northwood Woman’s Club; Safe Kids Dallas Area Coalition; Sillie Sallie and Fannie the Clown; Valerie Westfall, Author; Whisenhunt Designs.
For more information about National Adoption Day, visit nationaladoptionday.org