As the rain stopped and the sun broke through the clouds, the first families began to arrive at the annual Maricopa County Superior Court’s National Adoption Day event looking to make their own rays of sunshine, their soon-to-be adopted children, a permanent part of their lives.
The event is an annual nationwide celebration raising awareness of foster children waiting to find their forever families. The event is open to the public and those wanting to learn more about adoption are encouraged to attend.
A group of volunteers from the ADHS Vital Records team met with families after their adoption court hearings were completed to help guide them through the process of amending their adopted child’s birth record to list them as the parents. The Certificates of Adoption processed at this event were provided directly from the court to the ADHS Vital Records team on Monday following the event, where the staff processed them as quickly as possible so parents and their newly-adopted children had the records they needed for holiday travel, school enrollment, sports, and so much more. The team provided celebratory goodies for the children as well.
“ADHS is proud to participate in this event each year to help families acquire official documentation to solidify their forever families.” said Katina Lugo, Chief of the Bureau of Vital Records.
In Arizona, there are approximately 10,000 children in the foster care system, ranging from toddlers to teens. Nationwide, there are an estimated 390,000 foster children hoping to find permanent families. Events such as this one foster awareness of the importance of and need for adoption.
“The team looks forward to this event each year, it truly is an amazing experience to see the families and the support of the community,” added Lugo.