Today, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, will personally finalize adoptions for two families in advance of National Adoption Day tomorrow.

According to HHS, “Over the past 11 years, more than 30,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day through the efforts of adoption advocates, policymakers, judges and lawyers.”

National Adoption Day, marked each year on Nov. 20, is meant to raise awareness of the thousands of children in the United States who are eligible for adoption. In the U.S. there are an estimated 114,000 children currently in foster care, waiting to be adopted into a family.

– MM