SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Saturday was National Adoption Day, an effort to raise awareness of the more than 125,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States.
The Woodbury County Courthouse opened its doors today to finalize and celebrate 25 adoptions.
According to an official, the event is a way to spread awareness to kids who have found or need homes.
“We recognize this day as a special day because it’s National Adoption Month,” said Chelle Bisenius, Adoption Support Specialist at Lutheran Services in Iowa. “It’s a great way to bring awareness and celebrate the kids that are being adopted.”
Eighteen families added new members to their families at the event on Saturday.
One family finalized the adoption of two children, and they say they are excited to give a home to kids who didn’t have one.
“If every church in America would just adopt a child, there would be no more foster care,” said Joseph May, a foster parent. “And so, we’re just doing our part, because kids need homes. And we can either talk about it as a problem, a statistic, or we can do something about it.”
Since National Adoption Day was founded in 2000, about 75,000 children in foster care across the U.S. have been adopted as part of National Adoption Day events.