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Adoption Awareness Tree traveling Northern Kentucky; Project highlights need for permanent homes for foster children

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 30, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Tabetha Marsh, 859) 525-6783  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2007) – A traveling outreach project is helping to raise awareness of the need for more foster and adoptive families in Northern Kentucky.

Staff of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and community partners created the Adoption Awareness Tree. It features ornaments with pictures and biographies of some of the 188 children in the CHFS’ Northern Bluegrass Region who await adoptive homes.

Regional SNAP Coordinator Tabetha Marsh said the tree shows the many faces of foster care.

“During the holidays, we’re often thinking of the needs of others and how we can fulfill them,” Marsh said. “This project highlights Northern Kentucky’s great need for loving families in the region who can welcome these waiting children.”

Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed November Adoption Awareness Month in Kentucky.

Since 1979, SNAP has been recruiting adoptive families for Kentucky’s waiting foster children – many of whom are older, have medical needs or are part of sibling groups.

Marsh said families can be certified for both fostering and adoption through just one training process. About 80 percent of the state’s public adoptions involve foster families.

“As the number of children in out of home care grows, so does our need for families,” Marsh said. “A family considering foster care or adoption may see one of the tree’s pictures or read a child’s description and decide it’s time to begin the process.”

Dates and locations for the display are as follows:
• Through Dec. 2: Starbucks, 1405 Grand Ave., Newport
• Dec. 3 – 9: Campbell County Library, Newport Branch, 901 E. Sixth St. Newport
• Dec. 10 – 16: Kenton County Library, Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington
• Dec. 17 – Jan. 1: Newport on the Levee, Newport
• Jan. 2 – Jan. 11: Proverbs Coffee Shop, 630 Madison Ave., Covington

Representatives from businesses or community agencies who are interested in displaying the tree can get more information by contacting Donna Benke or Jenni Wiehe at (859) 292-6632.

For more information on adoption, log on to www.chfs.ky.gov/snap. Learn about foster care at www.chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/out_of_home_care.htm. Or call CHFS at (800) 432-9346 to request an information packet.
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Last Updated 11/30/2007