County Celebrates National Adoption Day

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will co-host the 10th Annual Adoption Saturday with 200 children adopted into permanent families.

A news conference will be held on November 15, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room of the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court, 201 Centre Plaza Drive in Monterey Park. Speakers at the event include DCFS Director Patricia Ploehn, Presiding Children’s Court Judge Michael Nash, actress and UNICEF ambassador Lucy Liu and dignitaries from other organizations including the Children’s Law Center and the Alliance for Children’s Rights.

Los Angeles County founded "Adoption Saturday" which led to the creation of National Adoption Day. Since Adoption Saturday began 10 years ago, more than 10,000 adoptions have been completed. On November 15th, Judge Michael Nash and approximately 15 judicial officers will volunteer their time to finalize almost 200 adoptions. They will be joined by dozens of pro bono law firms and their attorneys representing the adoptive families.

This event is made possible each year through the collaboration of DCFS, the Los Angeles Juvenile Court, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Public Counsel Law Center. For more information about adopting through Los Angeles County, please call 1-888-811-1121, or log on to the DCFS website at and click on to the adoptions link at the top of the page.