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Celebrating National Adoption Day

National Adoption Day is truly a special occasion where we join in celebration with families formed through adoption. At CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Douglas County, we've witnessed countless children find loving homes, and this day holds particular significance for us, as it is a glimpse into one of the many reasons why CASA’s are invaluable in the child welfare system. 

Adoption is a journey filled with both challenges and immense rewards. For children who've experienced abuse or neglect, it may represent a path to stability, love, and hope. CASA for Douglas County, as a representative for the best interests of these children, plays a pivotal role in ensuring their journey through the adoption process is successful. 

National Adoption Day is a day of celebration, but the road leading to it can be complex. CASA Advocates stand by the side of these children, providing support to the child and their family. They work closely with case professionals to ensure that every decision is made in the child's best interest. Through countless hours of advocacy, and a deep commitment to the child's well-being, CASA Advocates help pave the way for a successful adoption. CASA Advocates and CASA Staff help the whole family understand the adoption process, providing them with a sense of security and reassurance. 

“Judge Wadie Thomas, retired Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge, spearheaded this special day 24 years ago, affectionately called, National Adoption Day. Due to CASA for Douglas County’s ongoing relationship with Douglas County Juvenile Court and the Department of Health and Human Services – Child Welfare Division, it is important to partner to make this day successful. For many reasons It is a joyous occasion to see loving families open their hearts and homes to children in need of a family and the joy that adoption brings.” Kimberly C. Barnes, Executive Director – CASA for Douglas County 

At CASA for Douglas County, National Adoption Day is a celebration of hope fulfilled. This year, CASA for Douglas County, as well as the partner agencies who collaborated to create Omaha’s National Adoption Day, were overjoyed to see over 40 children adopted (11 of those children were served by a CASA Volunteer Advocate) during the celebration on Saturday, November 18th.  

National Adoption Day is a celebration of the power of love and the strength of families formed through adoption. As we commemorate this special day, we remain steadfast in our mission to advocate first for reunification when safe and possible. No matter what, CASA for Douglas County will continue to amplify the best interest of the children we serve. 

We want to extend a big thank you to the following agencies and partners who made this day such a success:  


  • Better Living   
  • CASA for Douglas County  
  • Child Saving Institute  
  • Douglas County Juvenile Court  
  • Douglas County Probate Court  
  • Foster Care Review Office 
  • Nebraska Children’s Home Society  
  • Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services  
  • Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission  


  • Amazing Pizza Machine  
  • Bounce You  
  • Cake4Kids  
  • Central Garrison, 501st Legion (Star Wars)  
  • Chelsea Sandidge (Photo booth)  
  • Katie Bogle Photography  
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts  
  • Lauritzen Gardens  
  • Mama’s Pizza  
  • McDonald’s  
  • Paradise Bakery & Cafe Village Pointe  
  • Project Linus  
  • Rene Lemus Espinosa (DJ)  
  • Scheels  
  • Spin Pizza  
  • Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream  
  • That Pottery Place  
  • The Mark- Bowlero 

 Participating Vendors: 

  • Jegs & Globo Entertainment  
  • Loli PoP Da Clown & Ima Clown  
  • Magical Moments Entertainment