SUNBURY — On Friday, Nov. 3, Northumberland County will hold its eighth annual “Adoption Day” sponsored by Northumberland County Children and Youth Services.
At this year’s event, Northumberland County will be celebrating all of the adoptions that took place throughout the year, as well as the adoptions that will take place on Adoption Day. Beginning at 10 a.m., the children will kick off the festivities by taking part in several fun activities at the Northumberland County Courthouse. A luncheon will be provided to all guests, and in the afternoon, adoption finalizations are scheduled to occur.
In addition to family and friends, also present will be caseworkers, foster parents and other individuals who have supported these children throughout their journey to reach their forever family.
There have been 21 children adopted in Northumberland County in 2017. Six children are scheduled to be adopted on Adoption Day this year.
Adoption Day is designed to help celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month, which is celebrated annually in the month of November. While the focus of National Adoption Day is on the finalizations of adoptions, its is also a day to raise awareness of the growing need for foster families.
According to the National Adoption Day website, National Adoption Day is a collective, national effort to raise awareness of more than 110,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving families. Since its inception, this annual, one-day event has made the dreams of nearly 54,500 children come true. In 2014, approximately 4,500 youth in foster care were adopted by their forever families over the 15 annual National Adoption Day Celebrations.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent through Northumberland County Children and Youth, contact Meghan Weaver at 570-988-4237.