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KidsPeace Foster Care In PA Recognize Foster Parents

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To celebrate National Foster Care Month In Danville and Williamsport, PA, staff are planning the 18th annual foster parent banquet for May 15, 2009, at The Pine Barn Inn in Danville. For many KidsPeace foster families, this is an eagerly anticipated event, where the parents are treated to a delicious meal and receive recognition for the dedicated work that they have done for children throughout the year. This year, the banquet is being made possible through the generosity of community donors. Family Resource Staff will also be contacting local libraries to set up an information tables including brochures on becoming a foster parent along with the KidsPeace history book, The First 125 Years.

KidsPeace in Bangor, ME, Thanks Foster Parents for All They Do

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The KidsPeace Foster Care office in Bangor, Maine, has plans to celebrate National Foster Care Month and KidsPeace's 30th year of providing foster care services to the nation's children. The Bangor office will be sending out a card to each foster parent that reads: "In Celebration of National Foster Care Month and 30 years of Foster Parenting at KidsPeace, we thank you for your commitment to the children of Maine." The cards will be signed by all Bangor staff, and each will contain a $25 gift card.

Racquets Raised for KidsPeace Children's Fund

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The Allentown Racquetball Club hosted the 2009 USRA Regional Qualifier & Dennis Rosenberg Pro-Am Tournament from April 24 through April 26, 2009. There were 146 participants, and the tournament was a big success. Throughout the tournament, there was a silent auction to raise money for charity. John Brinson, owner of 24-7 Fitness Clubs, the parent company of the Allentown Racquetball Club, selected the KidsPeace Children's Fund as the recipient of the proceeds of the event. A check for $682 was presented to Colleen Kulp by the event coordinator, John Barrett. This was a wonderful surprise that will benefit KidsPeace children in residential programs. KidsPeace extends a big thank you to the folks at 24-7 Fitness Clubs and hopes that KidsPeace can become more involved in the event next year.

If your organization would like to brighten the lives of deserving children and donate to the KidsPeace Children's Fund, please call 610-799-7906 or email

South Portland, ME, Foster Care Recognition

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The South Portland, Maine Foster Care office will do something each week in May to show their appreciation for their many loyal foster parents:
Week 1 (May 4th through 8th), the staff will distribute handmade cards to all foster parents, each with a personal note of appreciation.
Week 2 (May 11th through 15th), the children will make gifts for their foster parents and present them as their tokens of thanks. They will decorate bookmarks and express their appreciation on the backs of these thoughtful gifts.
Week 3 (May 18th through 22nd), the foster care office team will prepare baked goods and present them as gifts of thanks to all foster parents.

Week 4 (Tuesday May 26th), from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., the office will host an Appreciation Dinner with food, fun, games to play and prizes for the winners (games such as Taboo, Apples to Apples, Jeopardy, Pinata, etc.). There will be game inspired food, snacks, tacos, salads and brownie Sundays, and there will also be a gift cared Yankee swap.

Mesabi Success Story

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KidsPeace Mesabi Academy in Buhl, MN, is often the last resort for youth who are in trouble with the juvenile justice system. Adolescents are sent to Mesabi Academy for a variety of offenses and emotional and behavioral issues from local and state agencies across the country.


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KidsPeace to Host 24th Annual Golf Classic

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KidsPeace will be hosting the 24th Annual Golf Classic at Lehigh Country Club in Allentown, PA, on Monday, June 22, 2009. This popular fundraising event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a day of competitive golf with community and business leaders of the Lehigh Valley and help children in need by supporting the KidsPeace Children's Fund. According to KidsPeace Advancement Department Event Manager Colleen Kulp, "Our goal is to raise $100,000 for our Children's Fund, which was established to provide books, personal items and other services to improve and brighten the children's lives."

The day will begin with a luncheon and shot-gun start, and golfers will compete for the coveted tournament championship and prizes for the longest drive, the ball that lands closest to the pin and the "Pot O' Gold." There will also be a million dollar shootout and hole in one prizes. After the comptition ends, participants will enjoy a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and awards ceremony. There will also be a silent and a live auction for wonderful donated items.

KidsPeace is also still accepting sponsorships from individual and businesses, which provides recognition throughout the tournament for our generous participants. More information is available in our downloadable brochure, or call Collen Kulp at 610-799-7906. The registration deadline is June 12, 2009, so sign up while there are still openings.

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12th Annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational

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Save the Date!

12th Annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational
August 22-23, 2009 |  Orefield, PA

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TeenCentral.Net called a Safe Place for Teens by Lehigh Valley Family

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Clifton, NJ, Foster Care Offices Takes Foster Families Out to the Ballpark

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In celebration of Foster Care Month and 30 years of KidsPeace Foster Care Service, our Foster Care office  in Clifton, NJ, is planning a Family Fun Night at a minor league baseball game played by the Jersey Jackals. The Jersey Jackals announcers will make an announcement welcoming the Clifton foster families to the game and will give a brief description of what KidsPeace Foster Care is about, including the 30 year celebration.  The Clifton office Family Resource Specialist and intern  will set up at a table at the game to pass out information and brochures and to recruit potential foster families. The group's seats will be on the 3rd base line and include hot dogs and soft drinks for everyone. The Clifton office was delighted to receive a $250 gift card from a company in NYC called Scripps Networks, which  had a coin drive during the holidays and donated the proceeds to us to "put to good use." What could be better than a Family Fun Night?


Former Miss Black USA Visits KidsPeace

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Celi Dean, Miss Black USA 2005 and 2006 gave an inspiring talk to female teens in Residential Treatment Programs at the Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield, PA, last week, telling her story and encouraging her audience to not let their problems define them.

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KidsPeace South Bend, IN Foster Care office to Celebrate Foster Care Month

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The KidsPeace Foster Care office in South Bend, IN, is recognizing its foster parents on Friday, May 1, 2009, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be  appetizers, door prizes and various awards. Staff will honor families who have adopted foster children in the past year, as well as foster families who best exemplify each component of the KidsPeace Model of Care. The office will also present Stick to It Awards to families nominated by staff members who have dealt with difficult during the past year but hung in there and overcome the issues.  Also, on May 30, 2009 the office is providing foster parents an all-day training at the office to help them meet the on-going training requirements of the state. Staff members will babysit the foster children while the parents are in training (often 50-60 kids). The children make  crafts to honor their foster parents as well while the training is being presented.

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KidsPeace to Celebrate National Foster Care Month

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May is National Foster Care Month. KidsPeace plans many events to recognize the wonderful foster families in our KidsPeace family.

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