Lewis County to Celebrate National Adoption Day

By The Chronicle

On Nov. 17, Lewis County judges, Juvenile Court staff, court administrators and the Division of Children and Family Services will celebrate National Adoption Day at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center. 

“The celebration is part of a nationwide effort to call special attention to the 100,000 foster children waiting in the United States for adoption, and to celebrate all loving families that adopt,” according to a press release from Lewis County Superior Court. “Currently there are 3,075 foster children in Washington state waiting for adoption.”

On Nov. 17, Lewis County Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee will finalize the adoptions of 11 children from foster care. 

Superior Court Judges James Lawler and Joely O’Rourke, Court Commissioner Tracy Mitchell, Superior Court Administrator Susie Parker, Assistant Administrator Paula Willey, Juvenile Court Administrator Shad Hall, juvenile court dependency attorneys, child advocates and others in the community are invited to attend the event. 

After the court hearings, a reception is scheduled for 2 p.m. that day on the first floor of the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis. 

“Since 1987, the number of children in foster care nationally has doubled, and the average time a child remains in foster care has lengthened to nearly three years,” according to a release from Superior Court. 

National Adoption Day is sponsored nationally by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Casey Family Services, Children Action Network, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Freddie Mac Foundation. For more information, go to nationaladoptionday.org.

To get more information on becoming a foster parent, contact Elaine Peet at the Division of Licensing Resources at 360-807-7107. To become a court appointed special advocate, contact Lewis County Juvenile Court CASA program coordinators at 360-740-2683 or 360-740-2687.