There are more than 100,000 children in foster care hoping to be adopted in the United States, and  National Adoption Day captures the hearts of Americans as we work to find forever homes for these children. Begun in 2000, National Adoption Day seeks to bring attention to foster children hoping for adoption. The average wait for a foster child to be adopted is four years. And those are the really blessed ones, those are able to find their forever-families before aging out of the system. Over 23,000 foster children age out before finding their families each year.

Over 400 cities throughout the United States hold Adoption Day celebrations the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year, this day brought intense joy to adoptive families and children leaving foster care as their dreams became a reality and families were created. Since its inception, nearly 50,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.

If you’ve been adopted or are an adoptive family, consider sharing your story on the One Day Project. The day that will stand out forever in your heart!