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November 10: "There's No Place Like A Home" fashion show for children in Mecklenburg County foster care.


November 6, 2007

The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) will host its annual adoption fashion show on Saturday, November 10. Children in the county's foster care system will walk down the yellow brick road at the " There Is No Place Like A Home" adoption fashion show.

The Mecklenburg County (DSS) will host its annual adoption fashion show on Saturday, November 10. Children in the county's foster care system will walk down the yellow brick road at the "" adoption fashion show.

The adoption event will take place on Saturday, November 10, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road in Charlotte. November is Adoption Awareness Month and DSS encourages individuals and families interested in adoption to attend the fashion show to learn more about the children in the county's foster care system who need assistance. To be an adoptive parent or a guardian, one does not need to own a home, have a savings account, be married, be a "stay-at-home" parent or be a high school or college graduate.

The 35 participants in this year's fashion show represent a small portion of the 120 children in the County's foster care system who are cleared and waiting to be adopted. The adoption fashion show has proven to be successful in finding stability for children in foster care. Ten of the 23 participants from last year's fashion show have been adopted.

When a child is placed in the protective custody of Mecklenburg County, DSS' main goal is to reunify that child with a member of the birth family, if appropriate. If this goal can not be achieved DSS begins to search for new parent(s) for the child. On average, there are more than 1,100 children in Mecklenburg County's foster care system.

According to AdoptUsKids.org, "… there are about 114,000 children waiting for adoptive families in the United States foster care system … these children range in age from less than a year to 21 years old with an average age of 8 years and 8 months old."

The adoption fashion show intends to increase the awareness of the need for foster care and adoptive families. The fashion show is an informal opportunity for children in foster care to meet and interact with prospective families who are interested in being an adoptive parent or a guardian.

For more information regarding the adoption fashion show or about becoming an adoptive parent or a guardian for a child in need, call 704-336-5437 or visit http://yfs.charmeck.org .




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