KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs (FCCP) has scheduled an open house for its new Alexandria, VA, office on Thursday, October 29, 2009. The event will introduce the basic, therapeutic, and intensive foster care programs KidsPeace offers in Northern Virginia, as well as the highly skilled staff who will serve the families and agencies of the area. The Open House will take place from 9:00 a.m. until noon and allow local, county and state caseworkers to learn about our portfolio of services and potential foster families to discover why the KidsPeace matching process is the best of its kind. 

On the same day, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., we will be presenting a highly informative training session to all customers who wish to attend at the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church. Our guest speaker will be Pat O'Brien, founder of "You Gotta Believe" and expert in adoption and permanency for older kids. A graduate of Columbia University, Pat is a regular on radio and television and at true champion of older children in the foster care system.

During the training, Pat will discuss recruitment methods for adoptive families for older teens, preparing families to take teens, helping families deal with difficult behavior, services and supports to ensure successful outcomes and how to prevent foster and adoptive families from giving kids back when things get rough.

The training is free, but space is limited, so contact Alana Marino to reserve your seat: 410.964.9329 or alana.marino@kidspeace.org. Regional Manager Diane Sancilio and the leadership of KidsPeace are eager to meet members of the Northern Virginia community and familiarize attendees with our wonderful services.