Local adoptions to be celebrated today

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The state Department of Social and Health Services will celebrate all of the adoptions this year of former foster children in Southwest Washington during a National Adoption Day event at 4 p.m. today at Vancouver First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St. The event is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

More than 120 foster children will join new families during the state's eight annual celebration of foster adoptions, which will be held at multiple locations throughout the state, in addition to Vancouver.

More than 20 percent of the 7,847 children in state foster care are waiting for adoption after the rights of their biological parents were terminated by courts or relinquished.

National Adoption Day was founded in 2000 to raise awareness of the thousands of foster children awaiting adoption.

For details, call DSHS social worker Kelly Phillips at 360-993-7956.