National Adoption Day raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care. Each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the day focuses on children waiting for permanent, loving families. Not only does the day aim to find homes, but National Adoption Day also helps the dreams of many children and families come true.

In 2015, many courts and communities came together to finalize nearly 4,000 adoptions of children from foster care. More than 300 events are held annually during this observance. They celebrate as dreams become a reality. In total, more than 58,500 children have been adopted from foster care on this day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAdoptionDay

Support those on their journey of adoption. Educate yourself about adoption. If you’re considering adoption, reach out to the several organizations that guide and support families through the process. Learn about the types of adoptions. Help a family come together. 

Celebrate with a family you know. Use #NationalAdoptionDay to post on social media.


A Coalition of national partners including The Alliance for Children’s RightsChildren’s Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption started National Adoption Day in 2000.   In November of 2000, the sponsors worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates and courts to complete hundreds of foster care adoptions in nine jurisdictions nationwide.

  • 2001 – 17 jurisdictions participated
  • 2002 – Casey Family Services and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute joined the National Adoption Day Coalition, helping 34 cities across the country finalize 1,350 adoptions and celebrate adoption.
  • 2003 – Courts and community organizations in more than 120 jurisdictions across the nation finalized the adoptions of 3,100 children.
  • 2004 – More than 3,400 children were adopted from foster care in 200 events in 37 states after courts and community organizations finalized the adoptions.
  • 2011 – More than 300 court and community events were held during the national observance.