Since its inception in 2000, National Adoption Day has been raising awareness around finding permanent homes for the more than 117,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. 

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we celebrate the families who’ve given homes to kids in need and hope the dreams of thousands more come true as their adoptions get finalized. 

Just last year, 5,000 children in foster care found their forever homes on National Adoption Day — and the annual one-day event has placed nearly 70,000 children in permanent homes since it began 18 years ago.

To celebrate National Adoption Day this year, we’ve found 7 interesting facts adopted people wish everyone knew.


Not everyone wants to find their birth parents.


The term “real family” is hurtful and offensive.


Families don’t always look like each other.


We need to get better at talking about adoption.


Being adopted is not an identity.


Most people know they’re adopted.


Adopted people love the book ‘Why Was I Adopted?’

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