Los Angeles, Calif (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
RaiseAChild.US, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, today announced its campaign to encourage LGBT prospective parents to provide safe and loving homes to children in the foster care system. The campaign includes recruitment events to be held in four cities, featuring performances by actor Alec Mapa, who fostered and adopted a 5-year-old son with his husband in 2010.
The events, which will connect prospective parents with foster agencies, will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area on Nov. 29, Orange County, Calif., on Dec. 3, Los Angeles on Dec. 4, and New York City on Dec. 6. Mapa, best known for his roles on ABC’s Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives, will open each event with an excerpt from his stand-up show, Baby Daddy. For more information about the events, visit http://www.RaiseAChild.US
The campaign, which runs in November and December, includes radio PSAs, as well as streetlight banners and public transit advertisements featuring LGBT families created through fostering and adoption. Its slogan is “Let Love Define Family.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families, over 107,000 children in the foster care system are available to be adopted. There are 300,000 additional children in need of immediate foster placement. Certified families are in short supply.
“Our goal is to encourage members of the LGBT community to consider building families through fostering and adoption,” said RaiseAChild.US President Rich Valenza. “At the heart of our efforts, our Parent Advocates provide mentorship and guidance to help resolve roadblocks that may arise.”
Since the nonprofit organization was founded in 2011, RaiseAChild.US has organized three multi-media campaigns in Los Angeles, engaging over 500 prospective parents. RaiseAChild.US is working closely with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “All Children - All Families” (ACAF) initiative, which provides professional training and technical assistance to foster care and adoption agencies to recruit LGBT foster and adoptive parents. To date, ACAF includes over 60 participating agencies across the country and has awarded 27 seals of recognition.
“As a society, we must address the epidemic of children who need families,” said John Ireland, RaiseChild.US Media Director. “Many LGBT people simply do not know that agencies are eager to work with us to build our families through fostering and adoption. This campaign will inform our community of the need, engage prospective parents and result in safe and loving homes for these waiting children.”
RaiseAChild.US is a nonprofit organization that encourages LGBT people to build their families through fostering and adoption. Through media campaigns, online resources and events, the organization supports LGBT parents and other prospective parents through the fostering and adoption process. Founded in 2011, the organization is partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and local foster and adoption agencies in each of its campaign regions. The organization is also partnered with various media sponsors, including Gay Parent Magazine, The Fight Magazine and Gay City News. For more information, visit http://www.RaiseAChild.US
About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “All Children - All Families” Initiative trains foster and adoption agencies in LGBT cultural competence. For more information, visit http://www.hrc.org