National Adoption Day was started in 2000 by the Alliance for Children’s Rights through the generous support of the Freddie Mac Foundation, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and others. The mission for National Adoption Day is finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states, celebrate and honor families who adopt, raise awareness about the 123,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption, encourage others to adopt children from foster care, build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations.
Goals of Adoption Day
- Finalize adoptions from foster care in all 50 states
- Celebrate and honor all families that adopt
- Raise awareness about the 123,000 children in foster care waiting for adoption
- Encourage others to adopt children from foster care
- Build collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations
- The celebration usually includes National Adoption Day with courthouses throughout the nation participating and hundreds of adoptions finalized simultaneously.
National Adoption Month is a time to celebrate family and to bring about awareness that there are hundreds of thousands of children in foster homes awaiting adoption. States, communities, and agencies hold events during the month to bring the need for families into public view.
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Gotcha Day (sometimes called Gotchya Day, Adoption Day, Family Day, Adoption Anniversary Day) is a day celebrated by American families of adopted children to recognize the day they received the child.
The Gotcha Day is the day that the child was placed into the family’s home for adoption, in other words, the day the family Gotcha.
It is the most celebrated of adoption related events.
In her book, The Joy of Family Rituals, Barbara Bizou wrote, Gotcha Day “is designed to show your adopted child how much you wanted him/her and that every year you continue to cherish him/her.” (http://www.wikipedia.org/)