Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014
Five Acres, a child and family services agency in the San Gabriel Valley, has teamed up with RaiseAChild.US to find safe, loving, and permanent homes for foster children and youth. RaiseAChild.US is the only U.S. nonprofit organization that encourages the LGBT community to build families through fostering and adoption to serve the needs of the 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system.
“I am pleased to partner with RaiseAChild.US as Five Acres finds new ways to strengthen our recruitment efforts,” said Chanel Boutakidis, CEO of Five Acres. “We at Five Acres serve thousands of children a year and need to find healthy adoptive families who can provide them with the safety, well-being, and permanency the children need to thrive. I am looking forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring to Five Acres children.”
RaiseAChild.US finds prospective parents through media campaigns that include outdoor advertising, radio and television public service announcements (PSAs), print media, social media, and special events. All prospective parents who sign up at events or at the RaiseAChild.US website receive free information, support, and mentorship through the organization’s unique Parent Advocate program.
“RaiseAChild.US and Five Acres share a passion for the cultivation and implementation of fresh concepts to improve the foster care system,” said Rich Valenza, RaiseAChild.US Founder and CEO. “In Five Acres, we have a key partner in our quest to build more great families for foster children.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children & Families, there are 400,000 children in our nation’s foster care system. More than 104,000 of these children have had parental rights terminated and are waiting to be adopted. Families certified for both foster and adoptive placements are in short supply.
Five Acres offers a spectrum of evidence-based programs and services that promote safety, well-being, and permanency for children and families. The goal of its Permanency Programs are to promote fostering and adoption, cultivate family connections, and find permanent homes for children.
Since 2011, RaiseAChild.US has engaged more than 2,200 prospective parents nationally and become a leading organization for public education and advocacy on behalf of the 400,000 children awaiting foster and adoptive homes.