October 29, 2008
ADOPTION FASHION SHOW HIGHLIGHTS CHILDREN AWAITING PERMANENT HOMES
Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) will host its annual Adoption Fashion Show on Saturday, November 8 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road near Cotswold. The event is part of National Adoption Awareness Month.
More than 30 children in the County’s foster care system will proudly model outfits they selected in a runway setting. This year’s event, themed “High School Musical,” is an exciting opportunity for them to showcase their unique personalities and sense of fun. They represent a small fraction of the 1,000 children currently in Mecklenburg County’s foster care system. Of those, almost 300 are cleared and waiting to be adopted.
The Fashion Show provides a unique way for those considering becoming an adoptive or foster family to see some of the children currently available for adoption and learn more about the DSS adoption program. An orientation for prospective adoptive and/or foster families will be held immediately following the fashion show.
Unlike some other adoption programs, the DSS program does not require prospective parents or guardians to own a home, have a savings account, be married, possess a high school or college education, or be a “stay-at-home” parent.
A family from Lumberton, NC, that adopted a child through DSS said, “Adoption, to me, means standing with arms wide open and saying to a foster child, ‘I love you and I will help you by making you a part of my family.’”
For more information about the adoption fashion show or to learn more about becoming an adoptive or foster parent for a child in need, please call 704-336-5437.