Today, Representative Cooper joins other national, state, and local leaders in commemorating the 10th anniversary of National Adoption Day. National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 129,000 children in foster care who are waiting to find families through adoption. Since the first National Adoption Day, more than 25,000 children have joined forever families on this special day.
Over the past two decades, the number of children in foster care has nearly doubled, and the average length of stay for a child in foster care has lengthened to three years. With over 25,000 children aging out of foster care each year, the need to find permanent and loving adoptive homes is vital to promote more positive life outcomes for foster care children. Children in foster care are some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and we must do everything in our power to make sure they have the necessary tools to live normal healthy lives.
Representative Cooper encourages the people of Tennessee's Fifth District to take part in this national movement by considering becoming personally invested in the lives of these children through mentoring, foster parenting, or adoption.
Discussing his ultimate goal of inspiring others to become involved in the lives of foster care children, Cooper explained, "Raising awareness for these children is critical in order to lend a voice to those that often go unheard. Someone once told me: Find the good, and spread it.', and I hope to abide by that mantra by encouraging others to join me in the collective effort to offer hope to children of the foster care system