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KidsPeace Northern VA Foster Care Office Hosts Open House

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On October 29, more than 25 referral agency representatives, community members, current and future foster parents and KidsPeace leaders spent the morning visiting the new Foster Care and Community Programs office in Alexandria, VA. KidsPeace President and CEO Will Isemann addressed the group and said he was delighted with the turnout of concerned visitors. A former foster child also spoke and told the audience about her struggles when she was in the foster care system. Pat O'Brien of "You Gotta Believe" in New York City spoke about the importance of placing older children and teens who often have a difficult time finding permanence and loving families to guide them to adulthood. In the afternoon, Pat presented a complementary training to 16 local agency members, providers and community partners who learned about Pat's successful efforts to find foster and adoptive homes for teens in New York.

Spanish TV station Telemundo covered the open house for its 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. newscasts and also posted the story on its website, spreading the message that there is a dire need for foster families in Northern Virginia, particularly bilingual Hispanic families. Also in attendance were staff from local departments of social services, members of SCAN VA (Stop Child Abuse Now), Carmen Fernandez of HACAN (Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect) Rosalia Fajardo of PEATC, Barry Londeree from Congressman Jim Moran's staff and Pat Donnelly of CWLA.

Will Isemann commented that he was happy for the large turnout and hopes that KidsPeace will fill a large void in the NOVA area. "KidsPeace has been caring for children in need since 1882," Isemann said. With more than 40 foster care offices around the country, KidsPeace will fill a void for the foster children of Northern Virginia and apply our outstanding matching process to the foster parents and children in this area. We strongly believe that careful matching results in fewer unsuccessful placements and happier families."

For more information on foster parenting and children who are waiting for loving homes, contact KidsPeace Foster Care and Family Services at5100 Leesburg Pike, Suite 302, Alexandria, VA 22302, 571-403-9260, or complete and submit our online form.

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KidsPeace President and CEO addresses visitors at open house

KidsPeace Associate Inducted into College Hall of Fame

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KidsPeace Mobile Support Specialist Cristie Ansbach was honored for athletic contributions by her Alma Mater, Alvernia University. Last Month, Cristie was inducted into the Hall of Fame for extraordinary accomplishments as a point guard for the teams that hold the four best winning percentages in the school's history. Cristie went 19-8 in her freshman hear, helping the team win an ECAC South Championship, and went 22-6 the following 3 years, attending the NCAA Tournament each of those years and winning a PA Athletic Conference championship in 1998.

Cristie was PAC Player of the Year twice and an All American two times as well. She has the fourth highest career scores for the school, 1,479 points, and was Most Valuable Player at the ECAC South Championship as a freshman. She also leads in career assists, steals and is second in free throws and free throw percentage. Cristie also ran cross country at Alvernia and was named most valuable runner and All-PAC for her efforts.

Cristie is a wonderful role model for the children she support at KidsPeace, showing girls in particular that they can succeed if they work hard and persevere in developing their talents. She works late night at the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital, averting potential crises and providing intense assistance when crises do occur. The kids respect her for her achievements and for her work with them at KidsPeace.

 
   
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