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DHS and Denver Juvenile Court Celebrate 46 Adoptions During 10th Annual

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DHS and Denver Juvenile Court Celebrate 46 Adoptions During 10th Annual National Adoption Day Event

33 Families Adopt 46 Denver Children into Forever Homes During One-Day Event

 DENVER – Nov. 14, 2014 – The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse was filled with laughter, joy and a few tears today as 46 Denver children joined 33 permanent adoptive families during Denver’s 10th Annual National Adoption Day event. National Adoption Day is a day to celebrate adoptive families while raising awareness for kids still looking for permanent, loving homes. There are 39 children in the City and County of Denver who are currently awaiting permanent families.

“I congratulate and commend all of the families who are stepping in and stepping up to welcome adoptive children into their homes and their hearts,” said Denver Human Services Executive Director Penny May. “Adoption Day is a celebration of these new, permanent bonds. It is also a reminder of the dozens of children in Denver who still need warm and loving homes and the opportunity we all have to change the life of a child through foster care and adoption.”

 Laughter, hugs and a few tears filled the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse throughout the morning as judges from Denver Juvenile Court legalized adoptions. Witnessing the adoptions were family, friends, DHS social workers and guardians ad litem who supported the families throughout the foster care and adoption processes.  Once the adoptions were complete, children enjoyed face painting, playing games, watching an artist create corsages and pets out of balloons, interacting with local team mascots and Miss Colorado and enjoyed snacks and music. 

 DHS and Denver Juvenile Court have partnered for ten years to host the adoption day event. More than 530 children have been adopted during Denver’s adoption day events during the last ten years. DHS is the only public source for adoption in Denver. To date, 86 children have been adopted in Denver County in 2014. To learn more about adoption, please call 720-944-4000 or visit www.denvergov.org/standupforme.

 National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness about the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. The Denver Adoption Day celebration is an annual event coordinated by Denver Human Services and Denver Juvenile Court. This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families. 

In total, National Adoption Day helped nearly 50,000 children move from foster care to a forever family. This year, the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day.

 “Every child deserves a safe and positive home in which to grow and thrive,” added May. “You don’t have to be a ‘perfect’ parent. You just have to be able to provide a loving and stable home for a child in need.”

DHS welcomes families of all types, married and unmarried couples, single mothers and fathers, every race, every religion and every income.

 Quotes from Today’s Adoptive Families

 “If you open your home to foster and adopt a child, know that it will not only change their world for the better, it will change yours for the better as well.” - Danielle and David Story, adopting two children who require special care. The family previously adopted a special needs child and has three children of their own.

 “Life takes you full circle and when you reach that point, you realize the circle is even bigger. This child has gone full circle and she is still growing. We are so proud and love her so much!” – Susan Gallegos adopting a young girl today.

“We started tutoring inner-city kids and through that process realized that early intervention is necessary with children, so we decided to become foster parents. We’ve adopted three children and hope to adopt another in a few months. The joy is ours and they are keeping us young!” – Donna and Steve Hall, adopting a young boy.

 “It has been amazing. This will be a great day. It really sinks in with the kids that we are going to be there forever. Anyone looking to adopt should consider the county agencies.” – Alena Gouvera and Luiz Ramos, adopting two children.

 “I love him and am thrilled to be here! We are so happy to have him be part of our home forever.” – Leslie Johnson, adopting a young boy today. She has adopted eight children.

 “The whole process is really indescribable. The only word that summarizes how I feel is divine.” – Precilla and Valente Delgado

To view photos from Denver’s 10th Annual National Adoption Day Event, visit our facebook page.

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 About Denver Human Services

Denver Human Services provides assistance, protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable residents. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, as well as child care, child support, energy, rental and burial assistance. Protection and Prevention services are provided to child, youth and adult populations, along with community focused programming including veterans’ and homeless services and substance abuse awareness campaigns. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices