Big Spring, Texas – National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of children waiting in foster care to get adopted and celebrate those that are being adopted. This is the first year that National Adoption Day has been planned for Howard County. The celebration will be on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Howard County Courthouse in the third floor courtroom. The Hon. Sylvia Chavez will preside over the five adoptions that will be finalized that afternoon with a reception immediately following.
The Adoption Day festivities will be hosted by Howard County Child Welfare Board, Oil Patch Kids, CASA of West Texas, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS). Kay’s Jewelers and Wells Fargo have donated stuffed animals to be given to the children.
According to the TDFPS statistics, there were 11 Howard County children adopted during 2017 while 15 other children are waiting for their forever family. On average children who were adopted last year from Howard County were in foster care 33.7 months prior to their adoption. Currently there are 6,999 Texas children that are available for adoption, of those 1,477 are between the age of 14 and 17 years old. Last year more than 1,300 Texas children turned 18 and left foster care without ever having a new family to call their own. In 2017 three Howard County youth turned 18 and left foster care without having an adoptive home.
Children enter foster care through no fault of their own – because of abuse, neglect or abandonment from the people who should have nurtured and protected them. They will often be separated from their siblings. They will spend at least three birthdays waiting for their forever families and the longer children are in foster care, the more at risk they are of growing up in care and leaving without being adopted.
Local agencies would like to encourage everyone to participate in National Adoption Day by investing in the lives of these children through volunteering, advocating in court, mentoring, foster parenting or adoption; donating to a local agency or by participating in a local National Adoption Day event.