Today is National Adoption Day! In case you've never heard of it (I hadn't until last year) here's some history of National Adoption Day:
Since 2000, more than 30,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day. This year on November 20, families, adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and volunteers will come together and celebrate adoption in communities large and small all across the nation.
You can go to THIS Facebook page to see details of what's going on today in celebration. One wicked cool thing: on their Facebook page, National Adoption Day said they are expecting 4500 children to be adopted today. 4500!! A vast majority of these children are being adopted by forever families after spending time in the foster car system. How awesome is that? I'd say it's pretty awesome. But there are still an estimated 130,000 children in the foster care system that need homes. If you think you could open your heart to a child waiting for a family you can go here to get more information.
Nia Vardalos (of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame) is the National Adoption Day Spokeswoman. She and her husband adopted their daughter from the foster care system. Here is an interview she did on The Talk, she talks about struggling with infertility and adopting their daughter.
Knowing that so many families are being created today....just makes my heart swell with happiness.
Happy National Adoption Day!!