Baylor Law School Hosts 11th Annual McLennan County Adoption Day

  • Baylor Law School was transformed into a winter wonderland on Friday during the 11th annual National Adoption Day. More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalized their ‘forever homes' in time for Christmas. (Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School)
  • More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalized their ‘forever homes' in time for Christmas during Baylor Law School's 11th annual Adoption Day. This year's theme was "I'll Be Home for Christmas." (Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School)
  • More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalized their ‘forever homes' in time for Christmas during Baylor Law School's 11th annual Adoption Day. This year's theme was "I'll Be Home for Christmas." (Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School)
  • More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalized their ‘forever homes' in time for Christmas during Baylor Law School's 11th annual Adoption Day. This year's theme was "I'll Be Home for Christmas." (Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School)
  • More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalized their ‘forever homes' in time for Christmas during Baylor Law School's 11th annual Adoption Day. This year's theme was "I'll Be Home for Christmas." (Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School)
  • More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalized their ‘forever homes' in time for Christmas during Baylor Law School's 11th annual Adoption Day. This year's theme was "I'll Be Home for Christmas." (Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School)
  • Baylor Law School was transformed into a winter wonderland on Friday during the 11th annual National Adoption Day. More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalized their ‘forever homes' in time for Christmas. (Nick Teixeira, Baylor Law School)
Nov. 16, 2018

More than two dozen families, including 36 foster children, formalize ‘forever homes’ in time for Christmas

Contact: Ed Nelson, Baylor Law, 254-710-6681
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WACO, Texas (Nov. 16, 2018) – On Friday, Nov. 16, Baylor Law School, in partnership with McLennan County Department of Families and Child Protective Services, celebrated its 11th annual National Adoption Day with more than two dozen central Texas families as their adoptions were finalized.

Over the past 10 years, Baylor Law’s Public Interest Legal Society has planned Adoption Day, making each year special for the children and their families by organizing the festivities around a theme. This year’s theme was “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” as the first floor of the Law School was transformed into a Christmas wonderland.

The 2018 Adoption Day celebration transported adoptive kids and their new families on a magical trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express. There were games, food and fun for everyone involved. But the moment everyone was waiting for came when McLennan County Judge Nikki Mundkowsky finalized the adoptions of 36 children from foster care.

“We are so honored to have played a part in more than 300 adoptions in the past decade,” said Baylor Law Professor Bridget Fuselier, sponsor of Baylor Law’s Public Interest Society.

“So much more needs to be done,” she said. “Adoption Day is part of a nationwide effort to call attention to the more than 117,000 foster children across the country who are waiting for adoption.”

Approximately 30,000 children are in foster care in Texas alone, with nearly 4,000 waiting for adoption.

“Many will age out of the system without ever finding a permanent home,” Fuselier said.

The children whose adoptions were finalized during National Adoption Day were removed from their original homes by CPS and parental rights were terminated. Several of the children who have now officially found their “forever home” have been in foster care for many years.

“Being a small part of system that can give a child a family – a loving, safe and supportive family that every child deserves – is a great honor and the highlight of my job,” said Judge Mundkowski. “It is truly incredible to see and feel the culmination of the department’s work, in conjunction with the work of attorneys, others and families on Adoption Day.”

Over the past decade, more than 500 Baylor Law students have volunteered thousands of hours before, during and after Adoption Day, one of the largest volunteer events at the Law School.

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