MEDIA ADVISORY

May 21, 2012

Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications

610-799-7797 or bevin.theodore@kidspeace.org

Baltimore Orioles’ $10K donation to KidsPeace will help Howard County youth

Earlier this month, the Baltimore Orioles recognized Manager Buck Showalter’s 1000th win by presenting $10,000 to national children’s charity KidsPeace. Desiree Williams, a KidsPeace foster youth from Howard County, was on the field to accept the gift on behalf of the organization that has helped change her life.

In addition to foster care and community programs, KidsPeace, based in Pennsylvania, offers residential treatment facilities and a unique psychiatric hospital serving children from age 3 to 21. The organization has offices in 10 states and Washington DC, with a local office in Columbia, Md., which often receives referrals from Howard County Department of Social Services.

The odds are stacked against foster care youth. Only 46 percent graduate from high school, 40 to 50 percent are homeless within 18 months of aging out of the system and 25 percent are incarcerated within 24 months. KidsPeace offers mentoring and life-skills training such as the KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) program, which helps prepare foster youth ages 16 to 20 for their transition to independent living.

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, and our organization is fortunate to have families right in Howard County who have opened their hearts and homes to youth in need, as well as others who mentor teens in our program.

Since last June, Showalter and his wife Angela have been vocal proponents of KidsPeace’s mission, particularly in regards to the Foster Care and Community Services the organization provides to children with mental and behavioral health issues.

This year, KidsPeace proudly celebrates 130 years of giving hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org and https://www.facebook.com/KidsPeaceMarylandFosterCareandCommunityPrograms.

About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.