National Adoption Day began in 2000, and is held annually on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. The day was established as a means of raising awareness about and driving action in regards to the more than 125,000 children throughout the United States waiting to move out of the foster care system and into supportive, permanent family homes.
Over the last two decades, National Adoption Day has led to the successful adoption of over 75,000 children. Families have come together at National Adoption Day events in approximately 400 cities around the country.
Organizers behind the event will celebrate 20 years of National Adoption Day leading up to the 2020 event on November 21. Individuals can visit www.nationaladoptionday.org to find events in their areas, or to access National Adoption Day resources and begin planning events of their own.