Walkathon at Lake Accotink Supports Youth in Foster Care
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102
May 6, 2009
The public is invited to participate in a 5-K Walk at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield on Saturday, May 16, to honor and support foster families and children in foster care in Fairfax County in celebration of May as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The 5-K Walk is sponsored by Fairfax Families4Kids and the Fairfax Partnership for Youth.
Fairfax Families4Kids, an initiative of the county’s foster care and adoption program in the Department of Family Services, helps older children in foster care find adoptive families and lasting relationships with adults. The program gives children in foster care the opportunity to participate in community educational, recreational, and social activities where they can meet potential adoptive families and mentors. Children involved in Fairfax Families4Kids will be participating in the 5-K Walk. More information about Fairfax Families4Kids is available on the Web at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/childrenyouth/ff4kids.htm
The Fairfax Partnership for Youth develops programs and services that address the needs of the whole youth through advocacy, prevention, and intervention. Fairfax Partnership for Youth provides supervised study time for young people who have been suspended from school, increases access to after-school and summer programs, and promotes mental wellness. More information about the Fairfax Partnership for Youth is available on the Web at www.fairfaxyouth.org
About 400 children are in foster care in Fairfax County. More than 150 foster families throughout the county dedicate themselves to sharing with the children the love and values that nurture, encourage, and prepare them for the years ahead. The commitment of foster families, mentors, volunteers, and professional staff who work with children in foster care will be recognized and honored at the 5-K Walk.
The public is invited to come out and join the walk on Saturday, May 16, at Lake Accotink Park. Please go to http://www.fairfaxyouth.org/1111.xml to walk, to form a team, or to sponsor the event. For more information about the walk and to learn about opportunities to volunteer in support of children in foster care in Fairfax County, contact Beverly Howard, Coordinator, Fairfax Families4Kids at 703-324-7518, TTY 703-803-7914, or Kristen Brennen, Manager, Fairfax Partnership for Youth, 703-324-5701.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7758; TTY 703-222-9452.