CELEBRATION HONORS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH

 

 

KidsPeace FCCP office in Duncansville, PA, joined with Arrow Child & Family Ministries of Hollidaysburg to honor area foster and adoptive families at a recognition banquet May 20th from 6- 9 p.m. at The Casino at Lakemont Park in Altoona.

        

Thanks to a generous grant from the Adoption Coalition of the State of PA, Department of Public Welfare, a total of 125 adults attended the event and enjoyed a wonderful meal and informative presentations.

The event included a dinner and awards followed by a panel discussion featuring:  Mark Tennant, Founder/CEO, Arrow Child & Family Ministries; Maryanne Burger, Administrator, Blair Country Children, Youth & Family; Kim Walkingshaw, Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN); President Judge Jolene Grubb Kopriva; Paul and Maribeth Mills, KidsPeace Resource Family; Troy and Jodie Campbell, Arrow Ambassador Family.

        

“This event was be an excellent way to show how valued these families are and to amplify the need for more families to come forward to care for children in need of foster care or adoption,” said Melinda Shea, Program Director, Arrow Child & Family Ministries. 

According to KidsPeace Program Manager Tammi Yeckley, speakers included KidsPeace and Arrow Child &  Family Ministries Staff, Judge Jolene Kopriva, Director of Blair County  Children, Youth & Families, Maryanne Burger, Kim Walkingshaw from SWAN (Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network). Other attendants included several Blair CYS Supervisors and caseworkers, representatives from Bedford Bounty CYS, a couple of Guardian ad litem attorneys, and many foster and/ or adoptive families, as well as families interested in beginning the process of becoming foster or adoptive parents. The local YMCA provided child care service for all of the foster/adoptive families’ children.

Gift baskets and certificates were provided to all attending and active resource families; CYS caseworker awards were also given to those that were nominated. Food was excellent and feedback we have received thus far has been really wonderful.   

        

The evening also included “Heart Gallery,” featuring a video and photo gallery of Pennsylvania children who are available for adoption.  The event is funded through a grant from the Adoption Coalition of the State of PA, Department of Public Welfare.

For more information on how to become a foster or adoptive parent in Pennsylvania, please call KidsPeace at 888-336-7708.