May 18 5K Walk Benefits Children in Foster Care


April 3, 2013

News Highlights

  • 5K walk set for Saturday, May 18 at Lake Accotink Park.
  • Proceeds to benefit foster families and children in Fairfax County.
  • Register or donate online at www.fairfaxyouth.org/events.xml.

Families4Kids and Befriend-a-Child 5K ParticipantsIn celebration of Foster Family Recognition Month, the public is invited to participate in an annual 5K Walk on Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to honor the foster families and children of Fairfax County. Sponsored by Fairfax Families4Kids and the BeFriend-A-Child mentoring programs, the walk will be held at the rear entrance of Lake Accotink Park, located at 5660 Heming Avenue in Springfield.  

A $30 registration fee per participant includes t-shirt, refreshments for the walk and a picnic afterward. Go to www.fairfaxyouth.org/events.xml to register to walk, form a team or support the event. View flyer (PDF).

Fairfax Families4Kids finds families and lasting relationships with adults for older children in foster care. The program gives our children the opportunity to participate in community educational, recreational and social activities where they can meet potential adoptive families and mentors. BeFriend-A-Child provides mentors for at-risk youth between the ages of 5-12. Mentors make a commitment for one year and are expected to spend several hours a month with their mentee. BeFriend-A-Child offers mentors and mentees monthly social, cultural and educational activities in the community. Children, families and volunteers from both of these programs will be taking part in the walk.

For more information about the walk, and other opportunities to volunteer in support of children in foster care in Fairfax County, contact Beverly Howard, Fairfax Families4Kids coordinator at 703-324-7518 or Andrea Stephenson with BeFriend-a-Child at 703-324-7072.

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.


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