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Walden Family Services Celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month

(SAN DIEGO) November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. National Adoption Day started in 2000 and was the creation of the Alliance for Children's Rights, with the support of the Freddie Mac Foundation as well as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

In 2000, National Adoption Day sponsors worked with local foster care agencies, child advocates, courts and law firms to complete the adoptions of hundreds of children from the Foster Care system in nine jurisdictions nationwide. As years pass, more and more jurisdictions become involved in this grassroots movement which promotes the adoption of children from foster care. Over 20,000 children have been adopted on adoption days since.

Activities and celebrations are kicked off with a Presidential Proclamation, and while efforts made at the national level certainly help build awareness of adoption, participation in local programs, events, and activities by those of us with a direct connection to adoption can often be the most effective way to promote positive perceptions, debunk the myths, and draw attention to the tens of thousands of children in foster care who wait and hope for permanent families.

Please join Walden Family Services in celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month on November 19, 2009 from 6pm to 8pm at our open house. Activities will include a Life Book training, social hour and food. During the open house, visitors will also be able to ask questions and obtain information about adoption.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Gigi Srajer, Social Work Supervisor of Adoptions, at (619) 727-5882 or gsrajer@waldenfamily.org.