James City County and the City of Williamsburg to Participate in National Adoption Day
Date: November 10, 2003
Contact: Diana Hutchens, Director, James City County Social Services
Phone: (757) 259-3124
On November 22, National Adoption Day will be recognized throughout the United States when an unprecedented number of courts will finalize the adoptions of children in foster care. James City County and the City of Williamsburg will celebrate adoption in early December when seven local children will be adopted in a private ceremony. National Adoption Day brings hundreds of volunteer lawyers, child welfare professionals, child advocates, and local judges together on one special day to expedite the adoption process and give children in foster care the permanent, loving families they deserve.
There are 49 children in the Williamsburg/James City County area who live in foster homes. Nineteen of those children are available for adoption. There are approximately 542,000 children in foster care in the United States, and 126,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.
The goals of National Adoption Day are to: finalize more than one thousand adoptions from foster care nationwide as a result of the day, celebrate and honor families that adopt, raise awareness of adoption, and encourage others to adopt.
In 2000, The Alliance for Children's Rights created and organized the first National Adoption Day with the support of the Freddie Mac Foundation and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
For more information about adoption, contact Diana Hutchens, Director of James City County Social Services at 259-3124.