FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 2, 2013
Central Region Communications Director
"Promtastic" Memories for Teens in Foster Care
~Lots of teens in Central Florida might have already enjoyed their prom, why not give that dress or suit another dance by gifting it to a teen in foster care~
Central Florida – The Florida Department of Children and Families, along with Kids Central Inc., continue their efforts to make prom especially "promtastic" for teens in the foster care system this year. With more than 50 formal dresses already lined up for the young ladies, organizers report that formal wear is still desperately needed for some of these amazing guys. The efforts, which launched earlier this spring continue throughout the month of April and will end May 1. Foster care organizations do their best to ensure that children in protective custody enjoy the same memories as their peers, doing an amazing job with the resources available, but appreciate and sometimes need the generosity of the community to help absorb the rising costs of such milestone events. Organizations are still in need of formal wear, gift cards to formal wear locations, donations to cover the expenses of prom tickets, even in-kind donations to cover that beautiful hairdo or corsage.
One of the lead organizers as well as attorney for DCF, Stacy McDuffie helped launch the initiative after realizing that some young people in the foster care system didn't believe they even had an opportunity to go to prom or homecoming, given the expense. "It broke my heart," explains McDuffie who reflects fondly on her high school days. "Lots of teens in Central Florida might have already enjoyed their prom, why not give that dress or suit another dance by gifting it to a teen in foster care," says Joelle Aboytes Community Development Administrator for DCF.
The formal wear is collected and organized so that teens can "shop" for their favorite threads.
While some proms continue in Citrus, Lake, Hernando Marion, and Sumter counties, so does the need. Please contact Stacy McDuffie at 352-742-6086 or message the Florida Department of Children and Families on Facebook if you are able to help make such an incredible night even more fantastic for this special population of young people.
The hope is that all teens in foster care who want to go to prom do so feeling their best, so please only formal wear that is in like new condition and/or purchased within the last two years.