July 21, 2006
ATLANTA - On August 19th, Stonecrest Mall and Crossroads News, in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), will sponsor an Adoption Resource Fair. This resource fair will provide information to prospective adoptive parents who are interested in opening their home to a child currently living in foster care.
The Adoption Resource Fair will take place at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia, Georgia and is open to the general public. All those who may have an interest in becoming a foster or adoptive parent are encouraged to visit the fair. A person doesn’t have to be married, wealthy or of a certain age in order to become a foster or adoptive parent; citizens from all walks of life who are interested in providing an adoptive home can and do become parents every year in Georgia.
"There is a constant need for adoptive parents in Georgia and events like these help to attract the interest of the public and recruit families who might otherwise be unaware of the serious need we have for families willing to provide a home for a child in state custody," noted Mary Dean Harvey, DFCS Director.
There are over 15,000 children in foster care and over 2,700 children in Georgia who are in need of adoptive families. Adoptive parents are not only needed for infants; there is a considerable need for those willing to provide homes to children over 8 years of age, African Americans, and children with multiple siblings.
For information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent call 877-210-KIDS or visit the DHR DFCS Adoption Unit website at www.dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/adoptions.
For Information Contact:
Ari Young, (404) 657-1387