ABOUT TARRANT COUNTY'S ADOPTION DAY EVENT
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of
the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent,
loving families. A coalition of national partners – Dave Thomas Foundation
for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, The Alliance
for Children’s Rights and Children’s Action Network – sponsor National
Adoption Day. Over 400 communities throughout the United States held
an Adoption Day event in 2015.
Tarrant County began holding an Adoption Day event in 2000. The effort
was started by a small group of dedicated individuals whose goal was to
make a celebration of the most exciting day in the lives of children in foster
care - the day they join their forever family! The first event was grassroots
with many community partners coming together to make it happen. Over
the years, the event has grown into a day long celebration with sponsors
and donors from all areas of the community. Children being adopted are
given a new stuffed animal of their choosing, a book, a superhero cape and a keychain necklace engraved with their new name and date of adoption. The families receive a yellow rose and the pen the judge uses to sign the Adoption Decree. And, the family received a framed and matted copy of their first official family photograph taken at the event!
In 2015, we began a Super Hero theme that we hope to continue for many years to come. Volunteers wore super hero capes. The adopted children were given a super hero cape to take home. And, we had approximately 25 adult volunteers dressed as super heroes - anything from Captain America to Black Widow to Batman and Robin.
In 2015, we also started inviting agencies and organizations who provide post adoptive services to the event to share information with the families adopting about the resources available to them after the adoption is final. This seemed to be a big hit with the organizations and the families and we hope to continue to provide this information to the families in the future.
The final change we made in 2015...we began thanking donors by presenting them with the Proclamation for Adoption Day. This is a way for the sponsor or donor to present to the community their continued support and for Adoption Day's committee to show its support. In 2015, we presented the Proclamation to Kube's Jewelry and in 2016 to Tarrant County Bar Foundation.
Tarrant County's Adoption Day event exists under the umbrella of a 501(c)(3) organization called Community Partners of Tarrant County. This organization helps meet some of the emergency needs of children assisted by CPS -- clothes, diapers, formula, car seats, etc. Money donated to Community Partners for Adoption Day is earmarked for use only at the event.
CASA of Tarrant County
Department of Family & Protective Services
Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court
Tarrant County Family District Courts
Tarrant County Juvenile Courts
our community. our kids.
Tarrant County Bar Association
Tarrant County Bar Foundation
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office
Texas A&M University School of Law
With Thanks to Our Donors:
ACH Child & Family Services
Barrows Firm, PC
Michael Board, Photographers
Bob Leonard Law Group
Brawner Intermediate School
CK Family Services
Cornerstone Childcare "Schoolers"
District Clerk Tom Wilder
Fort Worth/Tarrant County Aggie Mom's Club
Fort Worth Paralegal Association
Gladney Center for Adoption
Gladney Family Association Network
Haynes & Boone, LLP
Cause to Play
Granbury Police Department
Hope Fort Worth
Jake Brittain, Author
Kelly, Hart & Hallman
Law Office of Andy Nguyen, P.L.L.C.
Lockheed Martin Leadership Association
Mansfield Early Childhood PTA
Mike and Miriam Richard
The Parenting Center
Pearl Snap Kolaches
American Endowment Foundation
Second Court of Appeals
Tarrant County Delegation of Elected Officials
Tarrant County Employees
Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association
Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association
The Law Offices of Gil Daley
Trinity Valley School
Varghese Summersett Family Law Group
Thank you to our 2018 Super Hero Sponsors and Donors!