Friday, November 20, 2009

National Adoption Day !

As I have posted before I was never adopted but just continued to move along the social services system into different foster familes and programs. I remember ALMOST being Adopted by a family or at least there was a lot of discussion about it during the "HONEYMOON Period".
It is a blessing that many children and families will be Celebrating National Adoption Day around the country this Friday Novemeber 20, 2009.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Mission Statement

MARE exists to find "a place to call HOME" for CHILDREN in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. We do this by recruiting, educating, supporting and advocating for FAMILIES throughout the adoption process.

Our History Founded in 1957, MARE was one of the first adoption exchanges in the United States. For 50 years, MARE has helped to find adoptive homes for more than 5,000 children and has received national recognition for its initiatives.

Programs & Services MARE focuses on children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families who are ages six and older, children of color of all ages, sibling groups, and children with emotional, physical and intellectual challenges. These children have one thing in common, the need for a permanent adoptive family. MARE tailors its recruitment activities to meet the needs of a particular child. MARE also acts as a central clearinghouse for information and referrals regarding all types of adoption.

What is National Adoption Day? On National Adoption Day 2009 – Friday, November 20 in Massachusetts – courts in all 50 states will open their doors to legalize the adoptions of thousands of children from foster care and to celebrate and honor all families that adopt. In Massachusetts, hundreds of children, parents, judges, lawyers, adoption professionals and child advocates will celebrate National Adoption Day.

Where? In Massachusetts, judges will open their courts on Friday, November 20, 2009 to legalize the adoptions of more than 200 children currently in foster care. The participating courthouses are:

Cambridge, Middlesex County Juvenile Court - Press Conference, 9:00 AM
Boston, Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
Brockton, George N. Covett Courthouse
Hadley, Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court
Pittsfield, Berkshire Juvenile Court
Salem, Essex County Juvenile Court
Springfield, Hampden County Juvenile Court
Worcester, Worcester Trial Court

More Information?
To learn more about National Adoption Day and adoption from foster care in general, contact MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or 1-800-882-1176 or by email. Information on the nationwide celebration is available at

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Juvenile Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, the Probate and Family Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, local adoption agencies and the courts have organized this special day to celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more families and individuals to give children permanent families through adoption.

The Home for Little Wanderers

About Adoption The Adoption Program at The Home for Little Wanderers is affiliated with the following organizations:

The North American Council on Adoptable Children
The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange Adoption Community of NE
The American Adoption Congress Adoption Professionals Association of Massachusetts
Joint Council on International Children's Services from North America

Our program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and accredited by The Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. If you would like to receive a copy of The Home's Board of Directors or Adoption Program budget, please contact Adoption Services at (617) 232-8610. Also, if you would like to receive in advance copies of any documents that you will be asked to sign throughout the adoption process, please let us know. It is the Home's practice to give families various applicable documents in stages corresponding to each phase of the adoption. Lastly, if requested The Home will provide families with statistics of The Home's provision of adoption services during the past three years.

Order books about Adoption through and a 10% donation for every book purchased will be made to The Home for Little Wanderers' Adoption Program.

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