Celebrating Families Through Adoption

5. November, 2013UncategorizedNo comments

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? Each November we observe both Orphan Sunday and National Adoption Day. Adoption blesses the lives of so many people, children, and families. We are sure in fact that adoption has touched your life in one way or another. Though you may not have adopted or been adopted chances are you know or are related to someone who has. Think about it. Do you have a friend or family member who has been a part of an adoption or foster care? It’s time to celebrate! There are many faces to adoption. Adoptions can be open or closed, through private agencies, state foster care or even from other countries. Adoption creates a different kind of family, and adding to your family through adoption or foster care can be the most rewarding gift you could ever give your family.

National Adoption Day was launched in November 2000 as the National Adoption Day Coalition worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates and courts to complete hundreds of adoptions from foster care in nine jurisdictions nationwide (New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Dallas; El Paso, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Omaha, Neb.; and Columbus, Ohio).

As this grassroots effort took hold across the United States, the number of events grew quickly, from 17 in 2001, to 120 in 2003, and to about 400 events in 2011 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. West Sands started teaming up in 2011 with other local agencies to host a free event for families or individuals who have been touched by adoption. Our initial goal was to set a world record for the most people in one place whose lives are touched by adoption. Though our world record goal was not met we felt that for a first time event in 2011 almost 200 individuals was quite an accomplishment in our small community!

Today National Adoption Day is celebrated nationwide on the Saturday before Thanksgiving as hundreds of events are held to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt. In total, National Adoption Day has helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family. Communities across the county celebrate the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. In 2012, more than 4,500 children were adopted by their forever families during the 13th annual National Adoption Day celebration in almost 400 cities across the United States.

This year the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day, on November 23, 2013.

Goals

  • Finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states
  • Celebrate and honor families who adopt
  • Raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving homes
  • Encourage others to adopt children from foster care
  • Build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations

This year we will be hosting our event at Vernon Worthen Park in St. George, UT on Saturday, November 9th from Noon-3PM.  This 3rd annual “Celebrating Families Through Adoption” event is sponsored by West Sands Adoptions and other local placing and foster care agencies in St. George. This event is an opportunity for families, birth parents and adoptees in Southern Utah to connect and create a strong support system within our community.

Come be a part of a fun filled afternoon. Carnival games, prize drawings for some amazing services and products, hair braiding, live musical performances by some of Dixie’s best, balloons, ARMY/ROTC and their rockwall, a fire truck, bounce house, face painting, princesses and character visits, food and drinks and Blue Bunny ice cream!!! AND IT’S ALL TOTALLY FREE!!!!! Tell your friends!