Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Families meet children in-person or by videoconference at adoption event

Prospective adoptive families will have an opportunity to meet approximately 20 children, each with the hope of finding a permanent family, at an adoption gathering on Saturday, May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center in Jonesboro.

Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), this event will give prospective adoptive parents a unique opportunity to meet the children in a comfortable, fun-filled environment. Families who are unable to attend the gathering in Jonesboro may still interact with this same group of children via video on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Videoconference sites will be set up at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Brown & Gallo in Augusta, Macon State College and Valdosta State University.

“This is a great event for children in Georgia who are in need of adoptive families and for those who want to impact a child’s life,” said Mark Washington, assistant commissioner of DHR. “Special arrangements have been made so that some of our children with special needs, those in a wheelchair or others with developmental delays are also able to attend.”

There are approximately 2,200 children in Georgia who need adoptive families. They are typically 8 years old and older, African American and/or a member of a sibling group being placed together.

Families interested in adopting older children or learning more about the program are encouraged to attend either the event in Jonesboro or one of the videoconference sites. To avoid confusion, only children in need of adoptive families should attend the adoption gathering. Families who plan to attend one of the videoconference sites are more than welcome to bring their children.

For more information, call toll-free 877- 242-5774 or visit DHR’s website at www.dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/adoptions.

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