Press Release - November 19, 2011

Contact:  Kelly Bachman
302-633-2501 or 302-299-9791

Fourth Annual National Adoption Day Celebration Takes Place in Dover

Day-long event part of November is Adoption Awareness Month activities

DOVER – Adoptive families, representatives from local adoption agencies and community organizations as well as State officials and the general public will come together today for the 4th Annual National Adoption Day celebration in Dover. In honor of November as Adoption Awareness Month, this event will serve as way to share information with those interested in becoming adoptive parents and recognize children and families who have already made a connection to one another through the adoption process.

“Next week, families across the country will come together to celebrate a holiday focused, primarily, on giving thanks,” said Governor Jack Markell. “But today, we give thanks to the generous families in Delaware who have opened their homes and their hearts to children in need. More importantly, we’re giving other kids an opportunity to receive the greatest gift of all – a loving, supportive family.”

On any given day, there are about 754 children in foster care in Delaware. Currently, the Department is actively seeking adoptive homes for 52 of these children. Nationally, over 408,000 children are in foster care, with more than 107,000 children legally awaiting adoption.

The event, co-sponsored by Adoptive Families with Information and Support, the Delaware Interagency Committee on Adoption, Child Placement Review Board and the Delaware Children’s Department, will include several workshops, exhibitors from across the State, panel discussions by adoptive families and more.

“Our children are our future –our responsibility,” said Rapposelli. “We owe it to them to find them a permanent place to call home and family who will provide them with the safety and security they need in order to grow up healthy and happy. It is through events like this that we can drive these points home and hopefully resonate with at least one person who will, in turn, make the difference in a child’s life.” 

The Delaware Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, dependent, or have mental health or substance abuse problems, and/or have been adjudicated delinquent by the Courts. For more information, please visit https://kids.delaware.gov.

Our Mission: The Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families assists children, youth and families in making positive changes through programs that support child and public safety, behavioral health and individual, family and community well-being.


Nov. 15, 2011 - ** MEDIA ADVISORY**

Fourth Annual National Adoption Day Celebration Takes Place in Dover

WHO

The 4th Annual Adoption Day Celebration is being co-sponsored by Adoptive Families with Information and Support, the Delaware Interagency Committee on Adoption, Child Placement Review Board and the Delaware Children’s Department.

WHAT

Adoptive families, representatives from local adoption agencies and State officials will meet to celebrate National Adoption Day and share information with persons interested in adoption. Workshops on adoption topics, a panel of young adult adoptees, entertainment, lunch, and other activities will take place.

WHY

On any given day there are dozens of children in Delaware’s foster care system who are eligible for adoption. This event will help raise awareness of the need for adoptive families and provide insight into the lives of children looking for a permanent place to call home.

WHEN

Saturday, November 19, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m.

WHERE

Delaware Tech Conference Center
100 Campus Drive
Dover, DE 19904

Additional Information: Those interested in registering for the event can contact Nancy Ripple at 302-577-2605 or visit afisdelaware.org.

Media Note: Families who have adopted children through the Delaware Children’s Department have been identified as subject matter experts and are willing to conduct interviews with the press regarding their experience.