50,000 Adopted as Part of National Adoption Day
The Alliance celebrated the adoption of 144 Los Angeles foster children into new families on Friday, November 22 as part of National Adoption Day (NAD). In its 14th year, NAD hit an important milestone with 50,000 children officially joining their forever families as part of the event since 2000. As a NAD co-founder, the Alliance is particularly thrilled with NAD’s growth to 400 cities across all 50 states. The national event was modeled on Los Angeles’ highly successful Adoption Saturday Program.
Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court was filled with balloons, families and dozens of excited children and teens. The day opened with a press conference and performance by adopted foster child and NAD spokesperson Rachel Crow. Rachel was overjoyed to help with an adoption and loved spending time with the families. “I know my dreams would not be possible without my family. I discovered what I love to do, using my creative talents and gifts to bring a smile to other people’s faces, and my family has been right there with me every step of the way,” said Rachel.
Thank you to the 27 volunteers from ICM Partners for serving as court buddies and to our other dedicated volunteers and special guests.
Relive the event through photos on Flickr!
We had a tremendous media turnout. Here are some highlights:
Los Angeles Daily News (also appeared in Huffington Post, Los Angeles)