National Adoption Day Proceedings - November 19th

WHEN:  November 19, 2010 - 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE:  Montgomery County Probate Court, 41 N. Perry St., 2nd Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45422

Montgomery County Probate Court is proud to announce that Judge Alice O. McCollum is participating in the National Adoption Day Proceedings on Friday, November 19, 2010. This local celebration is part of the nationwide effort to call attention to the thousands of foster children waiting for adoption and to celebrate all the families that do adopt. Currently there are more than 800 children in Montgomery County that live in foster care with more entering the foster care system each year. 96 of these children are available for adoption. They are waiting for a loving, permanent family to step forward and open their homes to adopt. Many of the children waiting for adoption are part of large sibling groups.

November is National Adoption Month, a collective effort nationwide to raise awareness about the dire need for adoptive homes. Some of the local sponsors for this event are:

Cassano’s Pizza & Subs, The Cheesecake Factory, Cincinnati Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Bengals, Dayton Dragons Baseball, Dayton Legal Blank, Kettering Rec Center and McDonald’s

“Each of us can be an advocate for children waiting for adoption by helping spread the word about the rewards of foster care and adoption,” said Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services Assistant Director, Children Services Division Geraldine Pegues. “There is a strong need for adoptive families for older children, teens, sibling groups and African American children of all ages.”

For more information about foster care and adoption, call Children Services at 937-224-KIDS or go to www.mcohio.org/childrenservices

Learn more about National Adoption Day by visiting www.nationaladoptionday.org.

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