15th annual National Adoption Day celebration

(SKAGIT COUNTY)– On Friday, November 22nd, the Skagit County Superior Court will host their 15th annual National Adoption Day celebration from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at the Skagit County Superior Courthouse in downtown Mount Vernon, WA. Judge Brian Stiles will officiate the event, including the finalization of several adoptions.

National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the need to find permanent, loving homes for more than 125,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. To date, the dreams of nearly 2,500 Washington children in foster care have come true through adoption into new families as part of National Adoption Day.

“This event helps us reach out to families who may be considering adoption,” said Superior Court Administrator Lisa West. “Each year, we work with a very supportive coalition of policymakers, practitioners, and advocates to finalize adoptions and celebrate adoptive families in our community. It is always a very heartwarming day that is not easily forgotten.”

A coalition of national partners, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Children’s Action Network founded National Adoption Day. The first National Adoption Day was inspired by the innovative efforts of Michael Nash, a former presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s Juvenile Court. He opened the court on Saturday’s, engaged the volunteer efforts of court personnel, and finalized adoptions to reduce the backlog of one of the busiest courts in the nation.