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June 10, 2003

RALLY TO HELP RECRUIT FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Some children and youth in Mecklenburg County in need of a safe home, nurturing family and supportive adult friends are hopeful their wait will end.

"Hope for Every Child," is the name of a new campaign by the Youth and Family Services Division (YFS) of the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS). The campaign's goal is to increase awareness of the need for adoptive and foster families and people who can be special friends or mentors to children who can no longer live with their biological families.

On Saturday, YFS and five community partners plan to hold the first "Families for Kids Rally," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southview Recreation Center, 1720 Vilma St., in Charlotte. The free event will feature a special program at noon where current adoptive and foster parents will share their stories and encourage others to get involved. Also, some of the children who have been cleared for adoption will share their Poems of Hope, written to reflect their desires for home and family.

"We are excited about this opportunity to involve the community in caring for these children who need our help," said James McAllister, YFS supervisor for foster care and adoption. A highlight of the rally program is the showing of a new short video titled "Hope for Every Child," about the children in foster care in Mecklenburg County.

In addition to YFS, the following organizations are rally sponsors:

· Alexander Children's Center

· Another Choice for Black Children, Inc.

· Lutheran Family Services

· Thompson Children's Home

· Youth Homes, Inc.

The rally will include entertainment, food and activities for children. Also representatives from some child welfare agencies in the community will have resource information available.



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