5K Walk at Lake Accotink to Benefit Children in Foster Care
Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102
April 23, 2010
The public is invited to participate in a 5K walk on Saturday, May 15, to honor foster families and the approximately 370 children in foster care in Fairfax County. The walk will be held at Lake Accotink Park (5660 Heming Ave., Springfield, Virginia 22151). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. To register or help sponsor the event, visit Fairfax Partnership for Youth
Over 150 dedicated foster families throughout the county provide children in foster care with the love and values that nurture, encourage, and prepare them for the years ahead. In addition, mentors and volunteers make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth in foster care by, helping them with homework and job skills development; sharing recreational, educational, and social activities; and spending quality time with them.
Fairfax Families4Kids, in the county’s Department of Family Services Foster Care and Adoption Program, helps older children in foster care find adoptive families and lasting relationships with adults. The program gives children an 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 5K Walk. The Fairfax Partnership for Youth develops programs and services that address the needs of youth through advocacy, prevention, and intervention. They provide supervised study time for young people who have been suspended from school, increase access to after-school and summer programs, and promote mental wellness.
For more information about the walk and opportunities to volunteer to help children in foster care, please contact: Beverly Howard, Fairfax Families4Kids coordinator, at 703-324-7518, TTY 703-222-9452, or Kristen Brennen, Fairfax Partnership for Youth program director, at 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 703-324-5870; TTY 703-222-9452.