Friday, November 21, is National Adoption Day
As someone who was adopted I am proud to announce that November 21 is National Adoption Day.
On National Adoption Day 2008 in Massachusetts courts will open their doors to legalize the adoptions of thousands of children from foster care and to celebrate and honor all families that adopt. In Massachusetts, hundreds of children, parents, judges, lawyers, adoption professionals and child advocates will celebrate National Adoption Day.
In Massachusetts and across the nation, judges will open their courts to legalize the adoptions of roughly 200 children currently in foster care. The participating courthouses are:
Worcester, Worcester Trial Court
Brockton, George N. Covett Courthouse
Boston, Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
Cambridge, Middlesex County Juvenile Court
Hadley, Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court
Pittsfield, Berkshire Juvenile Court
Salem, Essex County Juvenile Court
Springfield, Hampden County Juvenile Court
Why is Adoption Important? There are currently more than 10,000 children in foster care in Massachusetts. Of those, 2,500 have the goal of adoption, and 600 of those still need a family. On National Adoption Day alone, nearly 200 Massachusetts children will reach that goal.
Sean Garballey (D-Arlington, Medford)
Member of the House of Representatives Foster Care Coalition