Saturday, Nov. 22 is National Adoption Day and part of National Adoption month where courts across the country will finalize adoptions for children currently in foster care.
According to the National Adoption Day Coalition, which began in 2000, about 4,500 foster care children are expected to be adopted in 400 cities across the country.
The event is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and has helped nearly 50,000 children move from foster care to a permanent family.
“National Adoption Month helps bring greater awareness to the growing need for more adoptive families,” said Nancy Born, Aspiranet Adoption Division Director. “Every child deserves the right to a loving, secure and permanent home to call their own.”
Aspiranet, is a human services agency that has served foster youth and families throughout California for 39 years working to ensure that California children are placed in permanent homes; they have worked with more than 10,000 children.
As the second largest adoption agency in California, Aspiranet has finalized 230 adoptions this year and is working with an additional 300 children who are currently going through the adoption process.
The agency makes it a priority to help place older children, teenagers, youths with special needs, and sibling sets.
According to AdoptUSKids, there are more than 55,000 children in foster care in California and about 34 percent are placed with relatives. The majority will return home to live with their family as soon as the problems that caused their entry into care are sufficiently resolved.
Yearly, about 5,500 children are adopted; approximately 2,000 California children need an adoptive family every day.
Erik and Anne Hansen of Turlock began working with Aspiranet for foster-to-adoption services; their family officially grew by three when they adopted siblings Mike, Adrian and Sydney on June 13.
“In foster parenting and adoption, there are always challenges, but the rewards make it worth it,” said Erik. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the extra support from the Aspiranet staff we received in this journey.”