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Nov. 16 proclaimed Weld County Adoption Day

Posted on 11/05/2018
Nov. 16 proclaimed Weld County Adoption DayEvery child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family. That’s the simple yet profound motivation behind the Board of Commissioners proclaiming November 16th, 2018, as Weld County Adoption Day.

Ultimately, the Commissioners’ decision to proclaim Weld County Adoption Day was multifaceted: to raise awareness of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted; to recognize the importance of giving children and youth safe and loving families; and to encourage individuals to make a powerful difference in the life of a child or teen through adoption.

In conjunction with National Adoption Day on November 17th, the Weld County Department of Human Services (DHS) will hold a special celebration on Friday, November 16th, to finalize the adoptions of 10 children and youth from the child welfare system, with the remainder of the day dedicated to finalizing private adoptions. On this memorable day, the courtroom of the Weld County Court House will be filled with stuffed animals, decorations and treats. Children can pick out their own stuffed animal and enjoy a special day dedicated to becoming an official and forever member of their family.

Currently, there are more than 40 children and youth in Weld County custody who are still waiting to be adopted. There are more than 117,000 children and youth awaiting adoption nationwide, of which 290 reside in Colorado. Over 4,700 children have their adoption finalized during a National Adoption Day celebration each year.

“We need to come together as a community to celebrate Weld County’s adoptive families and raise awareness about the need for adoptive families in our foster care system,” said Commissioner Mike Freeman, Coordinator for DHS. “We’re so fortunate that ten children will find forever families on Adoption Day, but we need more people to take our waiting youth into their hearts and into their homes.”

Between 2000 and 2018, DHS finalized over 546 adoptions of children and youth from the child welfare system. This is in addition to many other local families who have adopted children privately. To help promote family stability and healthy relationships, DHS provides post-adoption support services for all families who have adopted within Weld County, whether through DHS or privately, regardless of where they currently live. For more information about post-adoption support services, please contact Michelle Ammerman at (970) 400-6751.

Many children and teens who are adopted from the child welfare system are adopted by their foster parents, at little to no cost. To learn about becoming a Weld County foster parent, please call (970) 400-6849, email fostercare@weldgov.com or visit https://tinyurl.com/WeldCoFosterCare.

The Board of Commissioners proclaimed 11/6 as Weld County Adoption Day.