Media invited to attend Milwaukee's Adoption Day Celebration Friday, Nov. 16

November 14, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee's Adoption Day Celebration is a rare opportunity for media to view several adoptions and interview the families and experts. Hosted by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Integrated Family Services, St. Aemilian-Lakeside Milwaukee County Children's Court Judiciary and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services. This event raises awareness about adoption and celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month.

WHO: The Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Integrated Family Services, Milwaukee County Children's Court Judiciary, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and St. Aemilian-Lakeside will host an Adoption Day Celebration. Several adoptions will take place and media are invited to attend. Pre-interviews and additional insights into the families are available prior to the event.

WHAT: November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. Adoption means finding a permanent home for children. Steven Obershaw of the Department of Children and Families said, "We are actively seeking permanent families for 240 children statewide." According to statistics released by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, there were 273 children adopted in 2011 in Milwaukee County.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 16

8:30 a.m. – brief program

9 a.m. – adoptions. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. if you wish to view an adoption.

The program will include presentations from Joan Hansen, deputy secretary, Department of Children and Families; Arlene Happach, director, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare; John Chisholm, district attorney of Milwaukee County; Debra Waller, CEO, Jockey International; and Honorable Judge M. Joseph Donald.

Adoptions begin at 9 a.m. Please arrive early to set up cameras.

WHERE: Milwaukee County Children's Court, Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, 10201 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa.

Please contact Anthony Smith, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Public Relations, (414) 266-5420, if you plan to attend.

About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services is the state's largest private, not-for-profit provider of child welfare services. From offices and family resource centers throughout the state, Community Services offers activities and programs in four core service areas: out of-home care; child and family counseling; public child welfare; and prevention services. Community Services is a member of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The health system is able to fulfill its mission thanks in part to philanthropic gifts and support from members of the community. For more information visit