RIVERSIDE – More than four dozen foster care children will be adopted during hearings at two Riverside County courthouses today as part of National Adoption Day.
The court will be taking part in adoption day ceremonies for a third consecutive year, finalizing the adoption process for 51 children and 30 families, according to court officials.
The hearings are set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Riverside Historic Courthouse and the Palm Springs Courthouse.
More than 300 adoption day events are planned in all 50 states, including Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Since National Adoption Day began 10 years ago, more than 30,000 children have been adopted from foster care on that day, according to the National Adoption Day Coalition.
The event, traditionally held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, is intended to raise awareness about the roughly 129,000 children in foster care who are eligible for adoption, according to organizers.
The court and county Department of Public Social Services are coordinating this year’s proceedings.
During the hearings, slated to run all morning, judges and commissioners will complete the adoption process for the children, who range in age from nine months to 17 years old, court officials said.
In some cases, members of the news media may be granted access to the roughly 15-minute adoption hearings, which typically are closed to the public.
Refreshments will be served at both locations, and volunteers with the nonprofit group Building Bears for Other Kids will distribute Teddy bears to each adopted child.