Savannah celebrates National Adoptions Month with One Church, One Child event

November 8, 2007

SAVANNAH (GA) – Adoption will take center stage in Savannah Sunday, November 11 at noon at the Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services’ "One Church, One Child" celebration of adoption. The program will highlight the specific efforts of adoption awareness in churches, based on the concept that if one family in every congregation adopted one child, there would be no more children waiting for adoption. The event, which is open to the public, will be at Smryna Missionary Baptist Church, 1501 Burroughs St., in Savannah. The event is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources’ Division of Family and Children Services.

"We’re hoping that the community will join numerous congregations and Chatham County DFCS in a spirited display of unity to help children and learn more about adoption," said Mary Dean Harvey, director of the Division of Family and Children Services. The Savannah event is one of many the division is sponsoring throughout the state in recognition of National Adoptions Month.

Last year the Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services placed 31children with adoptive families through "One Church One Child" and other initiatives. While the primary focus of the program is on adoption, related services include recruitment of foster parents and retention activities to support foster families.

" In the work of child welfare, foster parenting and adoptive families go hand-in-hand. The overwhelming majority of our adoptive families, are or have been, foster parents," said Clementine Manigault, adoptions services supervisor for Chatham County DFCS. " National Adoption Awareness is an opportunity to celebrate those children who have already been adopted into loving families, but we hope the take-away will be more awareness of the fact that many other children are still awaiting their opportunity to find a loving adoptive home, an opportunity that every child deserves."

For more information about adoptions call 1-877-210-KIDS. For more information about other adoption activities in Chatham County, call 912- 651-3346.

For information contact:
Beverly Jones, 404-657-1387

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