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National Adoption Day November 22, 2003

11/10/2003:   Nearly 500,000 children are in foster care in the United States, and more than 126,000 of them are currently available for adoption, yet only 20%–25% of foster children waiting for adoption will leave foster care and join an adoptive family before aging out of governmental care at age 18.

Recognizing the need for a nationwide effort to increase the number of foster child adoptions, the Alliance for Children’s Rights created and coordinated the first National Adoption Day three years ago.

Its purpose was to facilitate the adoption of foster children nationwide and bring attention to the plight of foster children awaiting adoption.

Sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Freddie Mac Foundation, and supported by foster care departments, juvenile courts, law firms, and child advocates nationwide, the Alliance coordinated nearly 1,100 foster child adoptions nationwide in a single day last year.

Organizers hope the fourth annual National Adoption Day on November 22 will once again lead to more than 1,000 finalized foster care adoptions in 2003. For more information about National Adoption Day, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org.


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