UAF hosts Adoption Day festivities
Sarah Bressler/Sun Star Reporter
Nov. 22, 2011
Adopted families, attorneys, judges and other individuals who work in the social system gathered in the Wood Center on Nov. 19 to celebrate this year’s national Adoption Day.
“Adoption Day is a great way for everybody who works in the child labor system to see the fruits of their labor come to life,” said Christy Lawton, statewide director of the Alaska Office of Children’s Services. Lawton is one of the organizers of the event.
Nationwide, there are 107,011 children in foster care, according to nationaladoptionday.org.
National Adoption Day is designed to raise awareness of children who are waiting to find loving homes.
2000, National Adoption Day began under the name National Adoption Day Coalition and worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates and courts to complete hundreds of foster care adoptions nationwide. The number of events grew from 17 in 2001 to 120 in 2003. In 2009, all 50 states participated in National Adoption Day in 345 separate events, which range from courtroom adoptions to local celebrations.
“Adoption Day is a day of celebration for children and families who have reached the end of a long, often complicated process. They’ve come out of the system in the most positive way possible,” said Judge Michael Nash of the Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court.
Starting this year, the National Adoption Day Coalition put on the “One Day Project.” The project is basically an opportunity for children who have been adopted and their new families to share stories of hope with the thousands still waiting to be adopted. The “One Day Project” also encourages others to adopt.
“Adoption is a wonderful way to expand or start a family,” Lawton said. “Anyone can apply, and you don’t have to be a perfect parent to adopt a child.”