Fairfax County Department of Family Services to Honor Adoptive Families


Fairfax County Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22035-1102

October 23, 2008

On Friday, November 7, from 6 - 9 p.m., the Fairfax County Department of Family Services will "roll out the red carpet"  in honor of adoptive families as part of National Adoption Awareness Month at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035). The public is invited to join Fairfax County adoptive families in the celebration.

The celebration will recognize two adopted youth who have made significant achievements in their adoptive placements. The celebration will also highlight the musical and artistic talents of adopted children. Any child who has these attributes, and is willing to showcase them at the event, is asked to contact Stephanie Pegues with the Department of Family Services at 703-324-7792; TTY 703-222-9452, by Monday, Oct. 27. In addition, professional photographs will be taken and provided to all adoptive families in attendance.

This year’s guest speaker will be Krystle Lofton. Lofton was an adopted child who has gone on to become a published poet and singer who performed at the 1997 Presidential Inauguration, at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000, as well as at the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Madrid, Spain and on Black Entertainment Television.

National Adoption Awareness Month began in 1976 when former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis proclaimed Adoption Week in an effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care. The effort went national shortly after that when former President Gerald Ford made the first National Adoption Week proclamation. In 1990 the week was expanded to a month. Locally the Fairfax County Department of Family Services is committed to helping children in Fairfax County's foster care system find permanent homes.

The First Lady of Virginia, Ms. Anne Holton is a strong supporter of National Adoption Awareness Month. Ms. Holton recently established the For Keeps initiative - a statewide effort to help find permanent families for older children in foster care.

 


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Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
703-324-5870; TTY 703-222-9452.



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