(WASHINGTON) – Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement to express support for National Adoption Day, a collective national effort to raise awareness about children waiting for adoption in foster care:
“As many Americans prepare to celebrate this holiday season with their families, we should all recognize that there are more than 4,500 children waiting for adoption in foster care who will not have a permanent family to celebrate with this year,” said Conyers.
“On Saturday, November 17, 2012 communities across the country will seize the opportunity to finalize adoptions and celebrate adoptive families. For the past 12 years, National Adoption Day has made the dreams of nearly 40,000 children come true by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions and find homes for children in foster care. Nationally, almost 400 events are held annually for individuals to help make the dream of belonging to a permanent home a reality.
“Above and beyond these efforts, there is still much work that must be done to assist these children. Each year, children enter foster care through no fault of their own. As result, they are separated from siblings and will likely spend at least three birthdays waiting to get adopted. It is also likely that these same children, 30,000 to be exact, will turn 18 without ever having families to call their own.
“I want to thank all the current and future adoptive parents who will step forward this National Adoption Day. Every child deserves a loving, caring and supportive family and home they can call their own.”