Nov 16, 2017
DENVER – Forty-four Denver children, previously in foster or kinship care, today officially gained their “forever homes” by having their adoptions finalized as part of the 13th annual Denver Adoption Day festivities at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.
Denver Human Services (DHS) and Denver Juvenile Court coordinate the annual event with support from the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Six courtrooms were busy with activity this morning as Denver Juvenile Court formally processed 44 adoptions by 31 families in a span of about two hours.
“For these children, having parents they can rely upon for loving, supportive guidance in their lives makes all the difference in the world,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “It is our hope that the joy and excitement on display today will inspire others to make a difference in the life of a child by becoming an adoptive or foster parent.”
Denver Adoption Day is part of the nationwide National Adoption Day effort which honors adoptive families while raising awareness of the 110,000 children across the country in need of safe, supportive adoptive homes, including 276 children in Colorado, and 24 kids in Denver.
“Many people talk about waiting until the time is right, but for the children waiting for an adoptive family, the time is right now,” DHS Executive Director Don Mares said. “We are so thankful for the 31 families who answered that call today and encourage others who may be thinking about adoption or foster care to take that first step in what can be a remarkable journey for the whole family.”
A total of 133 children have been adopted in Denver County in 2017, including those adoptions finalized today. Since Denver launched its Adoption Day 13 years ago, 676 kids have been adopted through this annual, one-day event. DHS is the only public source for adoption in Denver.
Denver-area families who are interested in learning more about adopting or fostering through DHS may call 720-944-4000 for more information or visit www.denvergov.org/standupforme. DHS welcomes families of all types, including married and unmarried couples, single mothers and fathers, same-sex couples, and couples of every race, religion, and income level.