Over 100 children were adopted at National Adoption Day in Los Angeles on November 18, and 15 Whittier Law students were there to help out. They volunteered at The Alliance for Children’s Rights, which finalizes adoptions free of charge for children in LA County. The students, all fellows in the Center for Children’s Rights, arrived with their arms full of gift bags for the adoptive children. National Adoption Day is a nationwide event where children in foster care are adopted into permanent families at local dependency courts.
The students learned about the dependency court process, and how a child is freed for adoption. An attorney from the Children’s Law Center spoke with them about what it is like to work there. The students then attended a press conference led by Judge Nash, the presiding judge of the dependency court. Other speakers included actor and adoptive parent Willie Garson (Stanford on Sex and the City), and the president/CEO of The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Janis Spire.
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