Twelve children will be adopted on National Adoption Day this year in the Kansas City area. These children will join their Forever Families in ceremonies at courthouses on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.
Judges in Wyandotte and Johnson counties, in cooperation with KVC Behavioral HealthCare, will open their courtroom doors to help raise awareness for the need for more adoptive homes.
National Adoption Day is an effort to raise awareness of the 107,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. More than 800 children are awaiting adoption in Kansas. Since 2000, more than 35,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Day is celebrated nationwide as hundreds of events are held each year throughout the country to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care, and to celebrate all families who adopt.
KVC Behavioral HealthCare provides foster care and adoption services for children in northeast Kansas, Nebraska, West Virginia and Kentucky. Since July 2005, KVC has helped find adoptive homes for more than 1,500 Kansas children. Information and photos of children awaiting adoption are available at www.kvc.org or prospective parents can call 1-888-655-5500.
Dates and times:
Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.– Kansas City, Kan.
News conference on Wyandotte County Courthouse steps (east side)
710 N. 7th St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
Three families are adopting six children.
Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. – Olathe, Kan.
News conference on Johnson County Courthouse steps (south side)
100 N. Kansas Ave.
Olathe, KS 66061
Six families are adopting six children.
Adoption Celebration Dinner
Friday, Nov. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Ball Conference Center
21350 W. 153rd St.
Olathe, Kansas 66061
*There will be a balloon release on the courthouse steps in both counties, and one family in each location has volunteered to do interviews with media. Reporters may be allowed inside the court rooms during adoption finalizations at the judges’ discretion.
For more information, visit http://www.kvc.org or contact:
Funding Project Specialist