Since 1990, November has been proclaimed National Adoption Month in an effort to call attention to the need for adoptive families for children in foster care. Month-long activities celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families.

The United States has approximately 510,000 children currently in foster care. Of those, 129,000 are waiting for a permanent family. Many will reach 18 without being adopted. (More than 26,000)*.

Maricopa County will celebrate with the adoption finalization of 226 children on Saturday, November 15. Celebrations are also planned for Prescott and Tucson.

*Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children