National Adoption Day

Friends,

     As someone who was adopted I am proud to announce that tomorrow (November 21st, 2008) is National Adoption Day.

     On National Adoption Day 2008 ? Friday, November 21st in Massachusetts ? courts in all 50 states will open their doors to legalize the adoptions of thousands of children from foster care and to celebrate and honor all families that adopt. In Massachusetts, hundreds of children, parents, judges, lawyers, adoption professionals and child advocates will celebrate National Adoption Day.
Where?
      In Massachusetts, judges will open their courts on Friday, November 21, 2008 to legalize the adoptions of roughly 200 children  currently in foster care. The participating courthouses are:

Worcester, Worcester Trial Court — Press Conference, 9:00 AM Scheduled speakers include ? Lt. Governor Tim Murray? Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary, Executive Office of Health & Human Services? Angelo McClain Ph.D, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families? Eliot Tatelman, Jordan?s Furniture

Brockton, George N. Covett Courthouse
Boston, Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
Cambridge, Middlesex County Juvenile Court
Hadley, Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court
Pittsfield, Berkshire Juvenile Court
Salem, Essex County Juvenile Court
Springfield, Hampden County Juvenile Court

Why is Adoption Important?There are currently more than 10,000 children in foster care in Massachusetts. Of those, 2500 have the goal of adoption, and 600 of those still need a family. On National Adoption Day alone, nearly 200 Massachusetts children will reach that goal.

Best,

Sean Garballey
Member of the House of Representatives Foster Care Coalition

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