has learned that Y&R star, Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters), was in attendance November 15 in New York City to support activities surrounding National Adoption Day.

Victoria, as most readers know, grew up in a succession of foster homes, as chronicled in her book, “The Women Who Raised Me”. Victoria has been on a tour in support of her book for over a year, and is due to come out with another book as well.

Judges Joseph M. Lauria and Anthony Trendacosta presided over the adoptions of 368 children and their new families at the Queens Family Court in Jamaica, New York on November 15, which was National Adoption Day. Victoria Rowell was in attendance at the court as happy families and smiling children celebrated surrounded by their favorite Disney and Sesame Street characters, food and fun.

New York City kicked off the 2008 event with a press conference and celebration, which included Rita Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and founding sponsor of National Adoption Day; Judge Joseph M. Lauria, administrative judge; the New York City Family Court; one of the adoptive families, the Ortiz-Torres-Fonseca family, and Victoria Rowell.

More than 4000 children across all 50 states became part of a ‘forever family’ on National Adoption Day this year. commends Victoria Rowell for her tireless work on behalf of foster children and associated organizations, and offers sincere congratulations to the children who had their adoption wish come true!