PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Saturday is adoption day at the Prince William County Department of Social Services.

A special ceremony will be held at the Prince William County Circuit Court where 18 children will be adopted from foster care. All of the children up until this point were in foster care in the county.

Here’s more in a press release:

National Adoption Day is a local campaign to encourage families throughout the Prince William community to open their hearts and homes to children in foster care waiting to be adopted.

Currently 140 children in the Prince William area are living in foster homes. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own; as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. Some children in foster care will return to their homes. Others, whose parents’ legal rights have been terminated, will become eligible for adoption into a permanent home.