Health and Family Services Cabinet
State recruiting adoptive families at ‘Family Day;’ Wendy’s restaurant on Louisville’s West end hosting activities
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2005) – Families interested in adoption can get more information next week during a Louisville event that’s part of a national effort to encourage family togetherness.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Jefferson County Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) office will have information available and staff on hand to advise parents interested in adoption at “Family Day” on Monday, Sept. 26, at the Wendy’s restaurant at 3301 Cane Run Road.
The restaurant is at the corner of Cane Run and Algonquin Parkway, and the event is from 5-8 p.m. Wendy’s will provide 600 free kids’ meals.
Family Day is a national endeavor to promote parental engagement as a simple, effective way to reduce youth substance abuse and raise healthier children. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University created Family Day in 2001. CASA research has found that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
“We thought this was a perfect venue to reach out to families who may be thinking about adoption,” SNAP specialist Karen McKiernan said. “Foster children in SNAP need stable, loving families. They look forward to having a permanent home with parents who love them, no matter what.”
Several agencies will offer information and free activities. These include dental screenings and sealants provided by Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Future Mobile Dental Van; fire safety instruction and a coloring activity provided by Louisville Metro Fire and Rescue; a petting zoo sponsored by the Louisville Nature Center; ID badges provided by Louisville Metro Police Department; and toy building kits and aprons provided by Home Depot. Face painting, balloons and appearances by mascots Wendy, Buddy Bat from the Louisville Bats, Juju the Clown and LG and E’s Louie the Lightning Bug will be featured. Door prizes will be awarded.
State Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, is scheduled to speak at 4:45 p.m.
Professional portraits of foster children waiting to be adopted, part of the Cabinet’s Shining Star Photo Gallery II, will also be on display at Family Day.
The gallery, a continuation of an effort begun last year, is designed to help find loving homes for children and raise awareness about the state’s steady need for adoptive families. It will travel to Louisville and Kentucky businesses and cultural events for the next year.
Twenty-one professional area photographers donated their time and talent to create the portraits of children and sibling pairs who are
living in foster care across the state. Twenty-three SNAP children are featured.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and WLKY “Wednesday’s Child” -- a nonprofit organization that promotes adoption -- are cosponsors of the display.
For more information about adoption, log onto the SNAP home page at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/Special+Needs+Adoption+Program+%28SNAP%29.htm, or call (800) 928-4303.
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