Employed as the circuit judge for the state of Florida since 2002, Judge John Bowman earned the 2007 Community Advocate of the Year honors for his service. Recently Judge John Bowman was re-appointed to the Florida Supreme Court's Bar Admissions Committee. When he first began on the bench, Judge Bowman worked on the Juvenile Dependency division, which spurred him to support the National Adoption Day Coalition.
The group, which created the One Day Project, promotes a national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care. It also brings attention to the policymakers and practitioners who finalize adoptions. Featured each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day honors those families who do adopt children from these foster homes. Since National Adoption Day began in 2000, almost 45,000 children have been adopted from foster care.
On November 22, 2013, National Adoption Day featured more than 400 events in cities across the country. The coalition encourages businesses, faith-based organizations, and volunteers to promote the next National Adoption Day, scheduled for November 23, 2014, and help find homes for these children.
Judge John Bowman has accumulated a long record of helping streamline the judicial system to benefit children.