March 20, 2013
Northwest Region Communications Director
A Call to Action: Community Needs Local Foster Homes, Help Sought to Recruit and Support Foster Parents
Public and private partners enlist faith and community leaders to help abused and neglected children have better lives
TALLAHASSEE— There is a pressing need for high-quality local foster parents to care for abused and neglected children in our community. To highlight this need, Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins and Florida’s Advocate for Foster Care and Adoption Tanya Wilkins will join local faith leaders, foster and adoptive parents, local youth once in foster care and community-based partners for the “Fostering Florida’s Future” Community Call to Action at Capital City Christian Church at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25.
Foster parents provide a stable and supportive home where vulnerable children are nurtured and loved until they can safely return to their parents' home or be adopted into a forever family. Currently, there are more than 80 children in foster care in the Tallahassee area.
The Community Call to Action will enlist leaders from the faith, business and non-profit communities to commit to encourage foster parenting, actively recruit foster parents and support those who step forward to be foster parents. The event will invite current and prospective foster parents, child-serving professionals, the media and Floridians to help in the recruitment of new foster parents.
Leaders who attend will be asked to sign commitment pledges, telling us what their church or organization will do to support the initiative and recruitment needs of the Tallahassee area. Local foster care licensing and adoption-related services agencies will be available to provide information about fostering and other ways to help.
WHAT: “Fostering Florida’s Future” Community Call to Action
WHO: Speakers include Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins, Florida’s Advocate for Foster Care and Adoption Tanya Wilkins, Pastor Curtis Clark of Thomasville Road Baptist Church, foster parents, a former foster youth and a foster home recruiter. Confirmed pledges from Rev. R.B. Holmes, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church; Pastor Curtis Clark, Thomasville Road Baptist Church; Pastor Joe Davis, Truth Gatherer’s Community Church; and Becky Pengelley, Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program at TCC
WHEN: Monday, March 25, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capital City Christian Church, 6115 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee
The public is invited to attend the “Fostering Florida’s Future” Community Call to Action. For more information on fostering in Florida, please visit www.fosteringflorida.com.