Judge John Bowman is a civil court trial judge based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who has made lasting impacts in his jurisdiction. Since he was elected to the bench in 2002, Judge John Bowman has improved the efficiency of the judicial process and drastically increased the adoption rate in his district through vigorous oversight and participation in large-scale public programs, such as National Adoption Day.
Founded in 2000, National Adoption Day is an annual campaign that seeks to raise the public’s awareness of the tens of thousands of children awaiting adoption in the United States. Initially, National Adoption Day began as a coalition between law firms, foster care agencies, child advocates, and courts in nine jurisdictions nationwide. It has grown significantly each year to include events in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and Guam.
Taking place every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the annual event helps place thousands of children in permanent homes each year. In 2012, more than 4,500 children found homes on National Adoption Day, adding to the nearly 45,000 who have been adopted with the help program since it was founded 13 years ago. This year, another 4,500 children are expected to be placed with permanent families during the event, which is planned for November 23, 2013.