Local Organizations to Host Concert to Help Recruit Parents for Teens in Foster Care

Media Advisory: July 23, 2015
Contact: DaMonica Rivas, Northwest Region Communications Director, 850-590-6649

Local Organizations to Host Concert to Help Recruit Parents for Teens in Foster Care
Foster parent recruitment efforts bring NexGen Band to Panama City

PANAMA CITY – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is partnering with Big Bend Community-Based Care, Children’s Home Society, NexGen Band and Lynn Haven United Methodist Church to host a foster parent recruitment event for teens in care . The event is free and open to the public.

Florida’s NexGen Band is a group of teenagers who are either foster, adopted or biological children of foster families from various locations within Florida. NexGen has played at the Florida State Capitol, the National Faith Symposium, the DCF Child Protection Summit, the National and Florida foster parent association conferences and more. The musical group was formed from a larger network of teens in foster care and their families through the Florida Foster and Adopted Parent Association.

In the Northwest Region, there are 2,056 children in foster care. Approximately 385 of those children range in ages 13-17, and many are in need of loving foster parents and families. Foster parents provide children in care with a sense of security and stability. Many foster parents also play a significant role in helping biological families heal and reunite with their children. When that is not possible, they help children transition to a new home and a new family.

For more information Fostering in Florida, please visit: www.MYFLFamilies.com/FosteringSuccess . To learn more about the NexGen Band, visit: http://centervideo.forest.usf.edu/NexGen/start.html

Who: Florida Department of Children and Families, Big Bend Community Based Care, Children’s Home Society, Life Management Center, NexGen Band, Gulf Coast Children’ s Advocacy Center, Circuit 14 Guardian ad Litem Program and Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. Several local foster parents and advocates will be available to answer any questions for people who are interested in becoming foster parents.

What: Family-Friendly Foster Parent Recruitment Concert featuring the NexGen Band. Musical genres include pop, rock, country, etc.

When: Saturday, August 1, 2015 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: Lynn Haven United Methodist Church – Fusion Campus 3203 Minnesota Avenue Panama City, FL 32405