I can honestly tell you [that] I had never heard of ‘Gotcha Day’ until 8 or 9 years ago when my friend’s cousin Patricia began celebrating this day for her adopted daughters.  Both girls had a birthday and both girls had a ‘gotcha day’ – and I just couldn’t get it right (utilizing the limited brain space God provided).

Fast forward to 2012 & Ro’s first ‘Gotcha Day’.  Yeah, I’m a total hypocrite 🙂

Happy 1st Gotcha Day Ro!


Gotcha Day 2011 (short clip)

Gotcha Day (sometimes called Gotchya Day, Adoption Day, Family Day, Adoption Anniversary Day) is a day celebrated by American families of adopted children to recognize the day they received the child. The Gotcha Day is the day that the child was placed into the family’s home for adoption, in other words, the day the family Gotcha. It is the most celebrated of adoption related events. In her book, The Joy of Family Rituals, Barbara Bizou wrote, Gotcha Day “is designed to show your adopted child how much you wanted him and that every year you continue to cherish him.”


Families who adopt animals, particularly dogs, will often refer to the day they adopted their pet as the animal’s “gotcha day.”

Gotcha Day 2012











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