National Adoption Day is a joyous event celebrating the forever families across the nation. Four hundred cities in all 50 states perform about 5,000 adoptions in one day. Local Adoption Days are also held in Los Angeles throughout the year every few months.
History of the Adoption Day Program & National Adoption Day
The Los Angeles Adoption Day Program started in 1997 as a partnership between the Alliance, the Los Angeles Juvenile Court (Children’s Court), DCFS, and Public Counsel. The innovative program began as a solution to the overwhelming number of foster child adoptions stuck in a backlog. Together, we cleared the backlog and in doing so, established a national model for performing adoptions. Since 2000, National Adoption Day has joined 50,000 children with permanent families. Learn more.
Join us for our 27th annual gala dinner on March 4, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton. Our largest fundraising event of the year will honor Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group with the National Champions for Children Award. Stay tuned for details, including entertainment.
About the Honoree:
Kevin Beggs is Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming. A 20-year veteran of Lionsgate and a member of its corporate senior management team, he has spearheaded the strategic expansion of television production operations into one of the largest independent television businesses in the world. He is also a key executive overseeing the company’s partnership with CBS in Pop.
Since joining Lionsgate in 1998, Mr. Beggs has guided the Television Group’s growth into a leading supplier of premium content for streaming, cable and broadcast networks. Lionsgate’s roster of nearly 70 shows on 25 different networks includes Orange is the New Black (Netflix); Step Up: High Water (YouTube Premium), The Wendy Williams Show; Greenleaf (OWN); Dear White People (Netflix) and Kevin Hart: What the Fit (YouTube). He has also been responsible for Mad Men, eight seasons of Weeds, seven seasons of Nurse Jackie and six seasons of USA’s Dead Zone. The company’s development and production slate includes a Lionsgate/Liberty Global coproduction, The Rook; the John Wick TV spinoff, The Continental, for Starz; a series from the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for Apple; The Kingkiller Chronicle for Showtime, and Grant, a docuseries for the History Channel, executive produced by Academy® Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
Mr. Beggs is the recipient of Operation Smile’s John Connor Humanitarian Award, The Help Group’s Teddy Bear Humanitarian Award, and the Broadcasting & Cable 2014 Innovation Award. In October 2017, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Mr. Beggs has served on the board and executive committees of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Los Angeles Paley Center for Media and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), serving as its chairman for four years.