The Joys of Adoption

Thousands of children are set to find their forever families on National Adoption Day this November.

By: Melanie A. Martinez

This November, the Junior League of Corpus Christi and Nueces County Court at Law 5 will join an unprecedented number of courts, communities and businesses throughout the country to be part of National Adoption Day. This day celebrates the joys of adoption and encourages more people to create or grow families through adoption. Sponsored by the Junior League of Corpus Christi, the celebration will take place on Nov. 24 at the Stripes Corporate office at 4525 Ayers St.

An estimated 4,500 children in foster care will find their forever families on National Adoption Day. This one-day project gives hope to children waiting in foster care and encourages others to adopt. It has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with CPS caseworkers, foster parents, local judges, policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families.

“Together with the Junior League of Corpus Christi, we create a friendly, family atmosphere with food, activities and fun for the newly adopted child and their forever family,” said Angelica Vela, Junior League member. “It’s a positive, uplifting event that we are grateful to be a part of each year. It’s gratifying to witness National Adoption Day as a growing movement across the country and in the Coastal Bend. I am honored to be a part of this incredible day that celebrates what I value most in my life: children and families.”

There are approximately 400 local celebrations taking place across the country this November. This will be the third consecutive year that the Junior League of Corpus Christi has hosted National Adoption Day in Nueces County. National Adoption Day raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. It is also a day to draw attention to the more than 23,000 children each year who turn 18 or 21 and age out of the foster care system without families to support them in the future.

More than 4,500 children were adopted by their forever families during National Adoption Day celebrations in 2012. Approximately 44,500 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day since it began in 2000.

For more information about National Adoption Day, please contact Angelica Vela at angelica@thevelalawfirm.com, or visit the Junior League of Corpus Christi website at www.jlcc.org or the National Adoption Day website at www.nationaladoptionday.org.

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