National Adoption Day was organized by individuals and groups as a nationwide effort to help more than 110,000 children in foster care across the country find a loving family that can permanently care for them. According to statistics from National Adoption Day, a child in foster care waits for an average of three years before he or she gets adopted while every year over 20,000 children age out of foster homes without gaining a permanent family.
These facts led to the creation of an annual one-day event, called National Adoption Day, that would make the dreams of each child in foster care become a reality. The day is set on the Saturday before the celebration of Thanksgiving Day. Since 2000 when the National Adoption Day was started, close to 70,000 children have found a permanent family through the event.
Individuals can get involved in the annual event by adopting a child or by promoting a strong advocacy for community foster care. Businesses may also join by donating goods and services for the event or by becoming a sponsor for National Adoption Day. Event planners are also encouraged to participate by creating an event that promotes adoption or by promoting the event using toolkits with the event’s logos.