September 16, 2016

15th Annual Austin Adoption Day

dsc_3419The Austin Bar will host the 15th Annual Adoption Day on Thursday, November 3 at Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center.   Plans are underway for 50 children to be placed with 33 forever families during the day-long event.  As in years past, the courthouse will be transformed into the Wizard of Oz with a yellow brick road, a rainbow arch made out of balloons, and characters dressed like Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man – all to celebrate “there’s no place like home.” Piles of teddy bears decorate each courtroom and the children can pick out their favorite to take home, along with books carefully selected from a donated library of children’s books.

The children adopted at Austin Adoption Day are among thousands across Texas who are in foster care because they were victims of abuse or neglect.  Austin Adoption Day is presented as a partnership between the Austin Bar Association, Austin Bar Foundation, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and Court Appointed Special Advocates with the assistance of Travis County Juvenile Probation, Partnerships for Children, the Travis County Office of Child Representation, and the Travis County Children’s Protective Services Board.

November is National Adoption Month and Austin Adoption Day is part of the nationwide effort to celebrate adoptive families and draw attention to the continuing need for foster and adoptive homes.

Travis County judges and attorneys donate their time to perform the adoptions, and gifts baskets of donated items are given to each family in celebration of their new life together.

Across Texas, there are thousands of  children waiting for adoption, including many in Travis County. To see some of them and learn how foster care and adoption works, please visit or call the Texas Adoption Information Line at 800-233-3405.