Adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day

CHARLOTTE – At least 25 children from four different agencies received adoption decrees or certificates of family inclusion on Saturday, Nov. 20, during a special court session at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

Nearly all the children were in the foster care system in Mecklenburg County. Certificates of Family Inclusion were provided to families that adopted children since June 18 and attended the Saturday celebration.

National Adoption Day is a national effort to raise awareness of the 123,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent homes. For the last 10 years, National Adoption Day has allowed thousands of children to find permanent homes by working with courts, judges, attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies and advocates to finalize adoptions for children in foster care.

Since 1987, the number of children in foster care has nearly doubled, and the average time a child is in foster care has lengthened to more than two years. More than 19 percent spend five or more years waiting to be adopted. Each year, more than 29,000 children in foster care will “age out” of the system without ever being placed with a family.

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