Every November, a Presidential Proclamation launches activities and celebrations to help build awareness about the adoption of children and youth in foster care. The 2011 theme for National Adoption Month is Build Capacity to Make Lasting Change.
There are 107,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families. Mecklenburg County alone has approximately 600 children in foster care and of the 600 children, approximately 100 have a goal of adoption. Although the children in Mecklenburg County needing adoptive parents represent a variety of races, ages and cultural backgrounds, most are African American ages 11 years or older. In many cases, they are siblings who need to be placed together. If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life by becoming an adoptive parent, please call (704) 336-5437 or visit the Youth and Family Services Division's website. You can also view Mecklenburg County’s Heart Gallery exhibit at the main library downtown. It includes portraits of children who dream of finding a “forever family”.
Thanks to St. John's Photography and the other photographers who volunteered to take photos of the children and to Kelley Blankenship and the Recruitment/Adoption Team for coordinating the Heart Gallery Traveling exhibit.
In addition to the Heart Gallery, WTVI worked with YFS to create three (3) special video Public Service Announcements (PSA's) for this month's adoption recruitment efforts. The children had a great time videotaping! A BIG Thanks to WTVI for sharing these videos:
PSA Video 1 | PSA Video 2 | PSA Video 3