|A Gala Tribute to the Region's Foster Parents
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Freddie Mac Foundation.
To honor region’s foster parents this year, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Freddie Mac Foundation, two of the sponsors of “Wednesday’s Child,” will jointly sponsor an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment for foster parents from throughout the region on Saturday, May 31. The gala will be held from 7:00 P.M. until Midnight at the Grand Hyatt of Washington, D.C., 1000 H St. N.W. The theme for the evening is “Foster Parents are a Work of Heart,” and it will include proclamations from public officials and gifts for the foster parents.
Each active foster family in the region will be invited and receive two tickets. COG is requesting that representatives from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia prepare a 5-to-10 minute tribute to the parents in each of those jurisdictions. There also will be special awards given to several outstanding foster or adoptive families who were nominated by their local jurisdictions and those families will be filmed and highlighted during the gala.
Across the country, the number of children in foster care has been growing at a steady rate for the last decade. In the Washington metropolitan region alone, 6,000 children are in foster care on any given day. Foster parenting is a difficult but rewarding job. Offering a child support, guidance, love, and nurturing for a temporary period, foster parents can make a lasting impression on a child’s future. Simply put, foster parenting is an investment in the families and children that make up our community.
Children in family foster care return to their biological families, become available for adoption, or are placed in a permanent situation. The primary goal of foster care is to reunite children with their biological families. Only when this goal becomes unattainable do children become eligible for adoption. The original foster parent or another family can provide permanent foster care or adoption. Adoption typically does not happen for at least one year.
Release Date: Apr 29, 2003