Nov 9, 2018
DENVER – A range of emotions filled the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse this morning as 54 Denver children were officially united with 41 adoptive families during Denver’s 14thAnnual Adoption Day celebration.
Denver Human Services (DHS) and Denver Juvenile Court coordinate the annual event with support from the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Six courtrooms were buzzing with excitement and joy as the new families filled the courthouse for their formal ceremonies.
“Today, these caring families are stepping forward to ensure that 54 Denver kids have the opportunity to grow and thrive in a loving and safe home,” Mayor Michael Hancock said. “These children know they can count on their adoptive parents for the rest of their lives, and our community is made stronger thanks to their choice to support and nurture them. I cannot thank these parents enough for their immeasurable gift.”
Denver Adoption Day is part of National Adoption Day, which honors adoptive families and raises awareness about the 117,000 children across the country in need of safe, supportive adoptive homes. Colorado has 290 children awaiting adoption, including 21 in Denver.
"I thank all of our adoptive parents for their exceptional love, kindness and generosity to Denver’s children. To others considering following their example, we’d love to hear from you,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. "You don’t have to be perfect to adopt a child; you just need to be willing to provide a safe, stable, loving home to a foster child."
A total of 124 children have been adopted in Denver County in 2018, including those adoptions finalized today. Since Denver launched its Adoption Day 14 years ago, 730 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 children through DHS may call 720-944-4DHS (4347) 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.