Annual Adoption Day held in Washington, D.C.

November 20, 2012 by  

Last Saturday, November 17, Washington, D.C. held its 26th Adoption Day ceremony at the Superior Court in the District. Various organizations, such as the Child and Family Services Agency of Washington D.C., and governmental agencies no doubt used flyer printing and poster printing to announce the special event to families looking for older children to adopt.

The emcee for the event was NBC News4 anchor, Barbara Harrison, who showed to the crowd the many children who were adopted that day. Most of them are no longer infants and the boys were dressed in suits for little men while the girls had shiny shoes and braids and bows in their hair.

Some of the recipients of the children included such couples as Reginald Wilson and Wesley McCammon – a same-sex couple from Mississippi who moved to Washington, D.C. last year as their native state does not allow same-sex couples to adopt children. They adopted a nine-year-old boy and a ten-year old girl.

According to spokeswoman for the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, Mindy Good, some children are not as lucky. Most children who are adopted privately are less than a year old while more than a majority in the child welfare system in the District’s child welfare system are under the age of five and about 17% are older than 10. The older a child is, the more difficult it becomes for them to get adopted, and some may lose hope. After the age of 14, they can decide if they no longer want to be adopted.