FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – November is National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about the value of adoption, especially of children and youth in the foster care system. This year Thursday, November 15, 2018, has been designated ‘Adoption Day’ in Allen County, a special day to celebrate and honor families who adopt. The Allen County Department of Child Services (DCS) and Allen Superior Court – Family Relations Division are collaborating with local agencies to celebrate the adoptions of almost 40 local children. Adoption ceremonies will begin at 8:30 am at the Allen County Courthouse.
Judge Charles Pratt, Allen Superior Court, stated that “Allen County was the first community in Indiana to participate in National Adoption Day when the Allen Superior Court established the observance in 2008. The day is important for the community as we are all given the opportunity to learn about foster care and the blessings of adoption. But it is far more important because almost 40 children will become part of a forever family on this day.”
The new adoptive families will enjoy light refreshments during a reception, compliments of Indiana Adoption Program. Funding for books and other gifts is provided by the Indiana Court Improvement Project. Many other community partners will participate, including CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and Blessings in a Backpack, Bowtie the Clown, SAFY foster care agency, Great KIDS Make Great COMMUNITIES, Fort Wayne Komets, and Three Rivers Visiting Dogs.
This day will also include all-day showings of Allen Superior Court and Great Kids’ music video, “Shine,” which celebrates adoptive families and puts a spotlight on foster care adoptions, especially of hard to place children (older children, children with special needs, and large sibling groups). Several Allen County adoptive families are featured in the video. View it on the Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCILTv8Y8rPjKIGHjeSsBDQ