Hollywood Civic Group Gives Grant to RaiseAChild.US

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Award targeted to develop Spanish-language outreach for nonprofit promoting fostering and adoption in the LGBT community.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation has announced a grant of $2,470 to RaiseAChild.US to help build an infrastructure on organization’s website for the Spanish-language outreach program to prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Headquartered in Hollywood, CA, RaiseAChild.US is a national nonprofit organization that encourages the LGBT community to build families through fostering and adoption to serve the needs of the 400,00 children in the U.S. foster care system. The organization, which is based in Hollywood, is a member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

“We are proud to support the expansion of RaiseAChild.US’s mission to reach the Spanish-speaking community,” said Leron Gubler, Foundation Board Member and Chamber President & CEO. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation is an organization within the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that promotes outreach and the well being of the non-profit organizations within the community. The foundation links the chamber in partnerships with educational, governmental, and non-profit organizations.

“We are grateful to Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation for this generous support of our new Spanish-language initiative,” says Rich Valenza, RaiseAChild.US Founder and CEO. “The support from the local business community is much appreciated as we continue to build families right here in and around Hollywood.”

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 are available and waiting to be adopted. Families certified for either foster or adoptive placements are in short supply.

RaiseAChild.US campaigns welcome and support prospective LGBT parents while putting images of LGBT families into public spaces through PSAs, print media, and outdoor advertising. Since 2011, RaiseAChild.US has engaged more than 2,000 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. For more information, visit http://www.RaiseAChild.US.

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