The happiest place on earth last Friday was not Disneyland. It was the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park, California.
On that special day, also known as National Adoption Day, more than 160 legal adoptions took place and resulted in brand new forever families for some of the most deserving parents and children.
As a proud sponsor of The Alliance for Children’s Rights, a non-profit organization that helped facilitate many of these adoptions, LifeLock was given a unique opportunity to play a role at Friday’s event. More on that later.
And I personally had the honor and the pleasure to bear witness to a number of these adoptions. Some were familial adoptions, while others were unrelated foster adoptions, but one thing they all had in common was the uncontrollable outpour of love and affection between parent and child.
Sitting in the back of the courtroom, it was difficult not to tear up. When these parents pledged their unconditional love for these kids, some of whom have seen more than their fair share of heartaches and obstacles in such a short number of years on this earth, I was touched.
However, I think what touched me even more was when a child interrupted the presiding judge and court proceedings because she insisted on sitting in her mommy’s lap. That moment completely blurred the lines of a traditional family and brought into focus how truly life changing these adoptions can be.
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. We at LifeLock are incredibly proud to be a part of this effort.
We partnered with The Alliance in 2014 as a part of our ongoing consumer education efforts to help protect potential victims of identity theft. Since identity theft disproportionately affects foster children, we work to educate them and their advocates on how to better protect themselves and provide identity restoration services to those who have already fallen victim to identity theft or fraud.
Our unique role on Friday? We brought in a photographer, and as each family completed its adoption paperwork, we invited them to step in front of the camera to take their first official family portrait. Their smiles were contagious, and their families are forever.
Posted by Christina Zhao, manager, LifeLock for Good