Nov 8, 2019
DENVER – Laughter, joy, and a few tears filled the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse today as 23 Denver children were officially united with 20 adoptive families during Denver’s 15th Annual Adoption Day celebration.
Denver Human Services (DHS) and Denver Juvenile Court coordinated the event with support from the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Four courtrooms were alive with excitement and joy as the new families arrived for their formal ceremonies.
“When these special children officially become part of their adoptive families, they receive the sense of security they have always deserved,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “The commitment their parents are making today is life-changing, a gift to their children and our city.”
Denver Adoption Day is part of National Adoption Day, which honors adoptive families and raises awareness of the 125,000 children across the country in need of safe, supportive adoptive homes. Colorado has 433 children awaiting adoption, including 11 in Denver.
"Every child deserves to be supported, safe, and well,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “I thank all of our adoptive parents for their exceptional love and generosity for Denver’s children. To others who would consider following their example, we’d love to hear from you. Providing a safe, stable home for a child in need is one of life’s greatest rewards.”
A total of 73 children have been adopted in Denver County in 2019, including those adoptions finalized today. Since Denver launched its Adoption Day 15 years ago, 753 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/fostercare. 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.