National Adoption Day Celebration 2017
Local Group Celebrates National Adoption Day
On Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis, Lewis County Superior and Juvenile Court and the Division of Children and Family Services will celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more people to give children permanent families through adoption. A reception will follow at the Law and Justice Center, 1st Floor, training room at 2:00 pm.
This celebration is part of a nationwide effort to call special attention to the 100,000 foster children waiting in the United States for adoption, and to celebrate all loving families that adopt; currently there are 3,075 foster children in Washington State waiting for adoption.
As part of National Adoption Day, Lewis County Superior Court Judge J. Andrew Toynbee will finalize the adoptions of eleven children from foster care. Judge James Lawler, Judge Joely O’Rourke, Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell, Superior Court Administrator Susie Parker, Assistant Superior Court Administrator Paula Willey, Juvenile Court Administrator Shad Hail, juvenile court dependency attorneys, child advocates and community stakeholders will all be invited to attend and celebrate the adoption process.
Since 1987, the number of children in foster care nationally has doubled, and the average time a child remains in foster care has lengthened to nearly three years. Each year, approximately 200 foster children in Washington State will age out of the system without ever being with a permanent family. More than 10,600 children currently live in foster care in Washington State. Many of these children are available for adoption.
National Adoption Day is sponsored nationally by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Casey Family Services, Children Action Network, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Freddie Mac Foundation. For more information, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org
If anyone is interested in more information on becoming a foster parent, please contact Elaine Peet / Division of Licensing Resources at (360) 807-7107. If anyone is interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a child, please contact Lewis County Juvenile Court CASA Program Coordinators @ 360-740-2683 or 360-740-2687.