David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: Nov. 16, 2005
|New York City Hosts Kick-Off for National Adoption Day 2005: 125 Adoptions Finalized in One Day in Brooklyn; New Data By Urban Institute Shows Interest in Adoption at All Time High Among American Women|
BROOKLYN, NY - Hundreds of foster care children across New York State, as well as thousands throughout the country, will be given the gift of family this week when their adoptions are finalized, as part of National Adoption Day. New York City hosted this year’s national kick-off celebration of National Adoption Day —an annual event that galvanizes judges, lawyers, court staff, and child welfare professionals to devote an entire day in court to foster care adoptions. A morning press conference was held at Brooklyn Family Court today, while in the courthouse throughout the day the adoptions of 125 children were completed.
New York has been a participant in National Adoption Day—designed to highlight the joys of adoption and to encourage families to adopt children in foster care—since its creation six years ago. This year, 40 counties will be participating statewide, and by the end of the week over 300 adoptions will be completed in New York City alone. Currently in New York State there are more than 4,300 children in foster care freed for adoption and waiting for a family to adopt them.
“All children deserve safe, permanent homes with families who love and care for them,” said New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. “As we continue to improve the process for foster care adoptions, identifying and eliminating bureaucratic logjams while always ensuring safety, we help children move more quickly into the security and stability of their own ‘forever families,’ where they can thrive. National Adoption Day keeps us focused on that most worthy goal, and New York is extremely proud to be this year’s national host for such an important celebration. I am delighted that courts throughout the state are part of National Adoption Day, allowing needy children across New York to be united with caring families.”
At today’s press conference in Brooklyn, new findings were released by the Urban Institute, which revealed unprecedented interest in adoption among women in the United States. Between 1995 and 2002, interest by women ages 18 to 44 rose by 38 percent (from 13 million to 18 million), according to the most recent National Survey of Family Growth conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the women interested in adoption, approximately 760,000 reported that they were currently seeking to adopt—an increase of 52 percent from 1995. The Urban Institute report was commissioned by the National Adoption Day Coalition and can be obtained from the website www.nationaladoptionday.org.
National Adoption Day draws special attention to the 119,000 foster children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted, as well as celebrating all families who adopt. Since its inception in 2000, National Adoption Day has grown from events in nine jurisdictions now to include events in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Sponsored by Alliance for Children’s Rights, Casey Family Services, Children’s Action Network, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Freddie Mac Foundation and Target, this year’s celebration is expected to result in over 3,000 adoptions finalized nationwide.
The New York City Family Court system received considerable support with the planning and execution of National Adoption Day from the following companies, agencies and organizations: the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the Administration for Children's Services, The Legal Aid Society, Safe Horizon, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Legal Information for Families Today, Pfizer, Inc., and the David Rockefeller Fellows Class of 2005. In addition generous donations of books for the newly adopted children were provided by the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children as well as the following publishers: Simon & Schuster, Scholastic Books and Animal Fair Media, Inc.