Throughout David & Margaret Youth and Family Services’ long history, it has been dedicated to the care of children and youth in foster care. David & Margaret’s Foster Care and Adoption program also works to create forever families, transitioning youth out of foster care and into permanent loving homes. In recognition of November as National Adoption Awareness Month, the agency is pleased to announce that beginning January 2019, employees who are legally adoptive parents will henceforth receive an “adoption day” anniversary holiday, to celebrate with their family.
“Adopting a child, or children, is among the most profoundly meaningful things an individual, couple or family can do,” says Charles Rich, executive director. “They are giving a child a more secure and stable environment to grow up in and a lifetime connection that is a goal for all youth in the foster care system. We are excited to be able to give them their adoption day anniversary to celebrate with their children and other loved ones.”
Adoption Day, Gotcha Day, Family Day, or whatever unique designation a family gives it, is the day when the foster process officially comes to an end and a judge legally decrees they are a forever family. Many families mark it with a special activity, such as trip to their favorite place, having a special meal, or just taking a break from everyday routine and focusing on the importance of family.
Several employees who are adoptive parents will be able to take advantage of the new benefit. For example, Community Engagement Director Maggie Bohlman and her son, who she fostered since he was three weeks old, observe the day they became a forever family and the adoption was finalized when Charlie was just over 2 years old. “We pick something special each year,” she says. “We have gone to Disneyland, Death Valley National Park, had a party with family friends, it really varies. We pick something special to do together and we always take the day off of school and work!”
About David & Margaret Foster Care and Adoption Agency
If you are curious about foster or adoption, you can explore your options at orientation sessions held the first Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m., and throughout the month in English or Spanish. They are held at Dave & Maggie’s Café, 1351 Palomares Ave., La Verne. Click here to sign up for an orientation, call 1 (800) 4-FOSTER, or email Foster@DavidandMargaret.org.