C&Y Services to observe Adoption Day
SUNBURY - On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Northumberland County will celebrate its fourth annual "Adoption Day," which is sponsored by the Northumberland County Children and Youth Services.
In addition to celebrating the adoptions that will be finalized that day. Northumberland County will celebrate all adoptions that have taken place throughout the year.
Beginning at 10 a.m., the children will start their day by participating in fun activities at the Northumberland County Courthouse. Later in the afternoon, several of these children will have their adoptions finalized by Judge William Harvey Wiest.
At this year's event, there will be guest speakers who will share their life experiences related to foster care adoption. In addition to family and friends, also present will be caseworkers and other individuals who have supported these children throughout their journey and have helped them reach their forever family.
This event is designed to help celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month, which is celebrated annually in November. National Adoption Awareness Month helps to increase the number of families willing to consider foster care adoption and celebrates the unique joys of creating families through such adoptions.
According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System for the year 2012, there were almost 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Out of the 400,000 children in foster care, 101,719 of them were waiting to be adopted.
While the main point of National Adoption Day is to finalize adoptions, it is also a day of celebration for those children who have found their forever families and for the parents who have made it through the adoption process. It is also a celebration of life, love and family. As such, National Adoption Day is the essence of this month's focus - connecting waiting children and families, helping them reach adoption finalization and providing post-adoption support for all sides of the adoption triad.