Sun Nov 3rd Daylight Savings Time Change Set your clock back 1 hour
Nov 28th - 29th Thanksgiving Holiday Office Closed
Fri Dec 6th Foster Parent Association Holiday Party 5-7pm @TBA
Sun Dec 8th Benevolence Market 12-2:30pm @ First Baptist Church
Tues Dec 10th Children First Holiday Party @ Children First, Inc
Potluck - bring family and friends
DanceFX Holiday Recital
5:30pm @ Clarke Central
A benefit for Children First
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I'm sure many of you have seen or read the story of Davion Only, the 15 year old who took it upon himself to ask members of a church in his hometown, anyone actually, to adopt him. If not, take a moment to watch the video. While that story is heart rendering, it also illustrates the ongoing shortage of adoption ready households in the nation. Approximately 100,000 children in Foster Care have adoption as their case goal, yet we currently have approximately 60,000 children living in group homes and other institutional placements.
November is National Adoption Month. Children First continues to work with DFCS and other private agencies to promote adoption, where it is appropriate. Let me encourage you to consider Adoption from Foster Care if you are interested in adoption. There are 100,000 children that need a lifetime home, not just another place to sleep. Think of the impact that would make on our future.
Are you interested in helping children and families in need celebrate the holiday season this year? We often get calls from generous families, groups, and individuals in the community looking for ways to help needy families have a wonderful holiday season. Here are some ways you can help:
Angel Project @ Clarke County DFCS - provides Christmas gifts to children in need. Individuals, groups, or families can sponsor a child - purchasing the items on that child's Christmas wish list. For more information, contact Tabitha Willoughby at 706-621-1482 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
ProjectSafe Holiday Committee - matches donors with families recovering from domestic violence to provide much needed items that the family may have depended upon an abuser to purchase in the past. For more information, contact April at 706-549-0922 or email@example.com .
Athens Area Homeless Shelter - In lieu of traditional gift giving sponsorship, AAHS asks for gift cards to traditional SuperStores (Target, Wal-Mart) for moms to use to shop for their own families. In this way, residents are empowered by strengthening their bond with their families while reinforcing the goals of budgeting and prioritizing needs. For more information, contact Katie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-354-0423
CASAs - Don't Forget Inservice!
CASA Volunteer are required by National CASA Standards to have 12 hours of continuing education, or Inservice, every year. Are you a little behind this year? No problem! Check out our Volunteer Blog, find a post that you find relevant, and post a thoughtful response. Each thoughtful response counts as 1 hour of Inservice. It's also a great way to connect with other CASAs, keep up to date on changing legislation, and find out more about factors affecting the lives of the children you serve.