Court Adoption and Permanency Month

Alameda County
14th Annual Adoption Day
Nov 22, Alameda County Juvenile Court

Fresno County
Adoption Day 2013
Nov 22, North Pointe Church

Los Angeles County
National Adoption Day Los Angeles: Glendora
Nov 22, New Unto Others in Glendora

National Adoption Day Los Angeles
Nov 22, Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court

San Bernardino County
Viva Las Familias
Nov 21, Ontario Convention Center

San Diego County
Annual Adoption Court Party
Nov 15, Meadowlark Court

Santa Clara County
Adoption Day Celebration
Nov 22, San Jose Downtown Courthouse

San Mateo County
National Adoption Day
Nov 20, San Mateo County Superior Court, Juvenile Court

Stockton County
Adoption Saturday
Nov 23, Family Law Annex

Tulare County
Adoption Day Celebration
Nov 19, Roller Towne

Tulare County
Court Adoption Day
Nov 22, Tulare County Adoptions

Ventura County
Adoption and Foster Care Information Fair
Nov 16, Pacific View Mall

Ventura County: Public Adoption Day
Nov 22, Juvenile and Probate Courthouse

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Court Adoption & Permanency Month

Adoption and Permanency Month
Since 1998, the Judicial Council of California has proclaimed November to be Court Adoption and Permanency Month. Working with the Governor, the Legislature, and local courts and court partners, the council seeks to develop procedures, programs, and resources that lead to swift, fair, and permanent resolutions for all children in foster care and dependency proceedings.

Judicial Council Proclamation, signed Oct 24, 2013

On Oct 24, the Judicial Council heard testimony from families and advocates working to connect children with permanent homes:
  “All children deserve to be raised in safe, healthy, loving, permanent homes,” said Los Angeles Judge Michael Nash, organizer of the first "Adoption Saturday" in 1998. “There are many different paths to permanency—adoption, guardianship, family reunification—each of which, when achieved, marks a successful case resolution and exit from the foster care system. These successes can only happen if the juvenile courts and their partners keep permanency goals in sight from the beginning of every case and work toward them throughout the process.”
Listen (8:14) | Video

Former Foster Youth Now a Mentor Parent
A mother from Santa Clara County explained how the collaborative work of the Dependency Drug Court helped her overcome problems to reunify with her child and motivated her to continue to serve as a full-time Mentor Parent to families currently in dependency court.
Listen (8:03) | Video


Los Angeles County's Delinquency and Adoption Court
Specialists from the Los Angeles County Department of Probation accompany a youth and his adoptive mother to tell the story about the lengthy adoption process connected a boy to a loving, distant relative. The family will celebrate with an adoption hearing set for November.
Listen (8:14) | Video


Tribal Customary Adoption: California's First
A family from San Diego County describes their pioneering journey through the process of Tribal Customary Adoption, a permanency option established by the Legislature in 2009.
Listen (12:20) | Video

Foster Care Statistics
For the 15th straight November, the Judicial Council's resolution calls attention both to the successes achieved over the past decade and the need for continuing efforts to achieve family reunification, adoption, and permanency for children.

Following is further information and statistics about foster care in California:

  • Almost 500,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are made each year in California, and more than 22,000 children enter foster care.

  • The law regards foster care as a temporary service, not a remedy. No foster care case, whether in dependency or delinquency court, is truly over until the child can safely return home or, if those efforts fail, is placed in another safe, permanent home with a loving family.

  • In 2012–2013, of the almost 26,000 children who were able to leave foster care, 57 percent were reunified with their families, 22 percent were adopted, and 9 percent left care when they reached 18 years of age.

  • Of the 58,000 children currently living apart from their families in court-ordered out-of-home care, 38 percent will not leave the foster care system within two years; 9,400 will remain in “temporary” foster care for more than five years.
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