Milwaukee celebrates Adoption Day Friday, Nov. 22

November 20, 2013
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee’s Adoption Day Celebration is a rare opportunity for media to view several adoptions and interview the families and experts.

WHO:     Milwaukee County Children’s Court Judiciary, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, Integrated Family Services, St. Aemilian-Lakeside and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.         

WHAT:     November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. Adoption means finding a permanent home for children. 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.

“All children deserve a loving family and a stable home,” said Secretary Eloise Anderson, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. “Adoption offers the opportunity to bring tremendous joy to both the child and adoptive parents. As we celebrate adoption in Milwaukee on this day, let us recommit to finding a nurturing forever home for all of the children in Wisconsin.”

According to statistics released by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, there were 242 children adopted in 2012 in Milwaukee County.

WHEN:     Friday, Nov. 22 (Schedule: 8:30 a.m. brief program; 9 a.m. adoptions begin.)
The program will include presentations from: Eloise Anderson, secretary, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families; Arlene Happach, director, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare; John Chisholm, district attorney, Milwaukee County; Debra Waller, CEO, Jockey International; and Honorable Judge M. Joseph Donald.
Note: Adoptions begin promptly at 9 a.m. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to set up cameras.

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

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in 9 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2012, Children’s Hospital invested more than $117 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For information, visit the website at