October 04, 2003
ACS Commissioner William C. Bell Hosts New York City’s Largest Adoption Event
5,000 New Yorkers Learn About the Joys and Challenges of Adoption at NYC Adopt: Finding Families for Children
New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner William C. Bell hosted NYC Adopt: Finding Families for Children, the City’s largest annual celebration of adoption at Central Park’s East Meadow on Saturday, October 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Commissioner Bell was joined by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe as well Co-masters of Ceremonies WB11 weatherman Mr. G and NBC news anchor Jane Hanson in raising awareness about adoption in New York City.
“NYC Adopt is a celebration of family,” said Commissioner Bell. “Over the past seven years ACS has successfully found families for over 26,000 children in New York City. Through NYC Adopt and our other efforts to recruit adoptive parents, we are able to reach out to prospective parents and educate them on how adoption can make all the difference in a child’s world. I strongly encourage New Yorkers to learn from a current adoptive parent, review the NYC Family Album or talk to an adoption representative and find out more about what adoption can mean to a child and to a family.”
NYC Adopt 2003 is a large-scale celebration of adoption where prospective parents and adoption professionals from more than 45 adoption agencies meet and exchange information about the joys and challenges of adopting a child through the City of New York. This year marked the 26th anniversary of this event. The day was generously made possible through the support of Wendy’s Restaurants in the New York Tri-State Area and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
More than 5,000 people attended this year’s event. Hundreds of prospective parents visited information booths staffed by adoption recruitment agencies and attended orientation sessions and educational workshops including titles like "All About Adoption." Some of the more specialized workshops covered topics including adopting pre-teens and teens, adopting children with special needs and post-adoption services. New to this year’s activities, current foster and adoptive parents had the opportunity to network and share their personal experiences with other parents in a “Circle of Support” tent. In addition, family entertainment took place throughout the day, including performances by Linda Impanema and the Dixie Cats swing band and Friends in High Places stilt dancers and activities such as face painting, a petting zoo and air castles.