Welcome to CAP's July 2016 E-Newsletter!
E-Newsletter: July 2016
Welcome to CAP's Summer Newsletter! Save the date for upcoming events including: Adoptive Family Support and Training, the Photofinish 5k (to support CAP) and the Heart Gallery Luncheon. Any adoptive family in need of support can now call in to be part of our adoption support group on the last Tuesday of every month! Read on for more CAP news below...

We welcome calls for assistance from families at any point in the adoption journey. Please call us to find out how you can lift the wait for children languishing in foster care: 585-232-5110.
Thank you for making CAP's Derby Party a Success!
Stephanie & Michael Cicero
Meggan Petti, Gabrielle Montag and Scott Petti
Derby Cake donated by Premier Bakery

Scott Spezzano & Sandy Waters, Co-Emcees

CAP's Derby Party  was, quite possibly, even more 
fun that last year!  CAP's Derby  took place on May 6th at Ballroom 384. Emcees Scott Spezzano and Sandy Waters of 9 8.9 the Buzz and guest race caller, Tony Calo from Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track brought a lot of energy to the event!  Generous donors helped raise over $18,000 to  help waiting youth find
 adoptive homes.

Click for more Derby photos courtesy of EIEIO photography  
Kathleen Montag, Patricia Burks and Tony Calo
Save the Date: 11/4/16, CAP's 10th Annual Heart Gallery 

Save the date for CAP's Heart Gallery Luncheon and morning institute with Keynote Speaker Dr. John Seita. 
Dr. Seita's experience as a former foster youth and personal research into evidence-based practice will  help professionals and families connect with at-risk youth. We invite you to Dr. Seita's meaningful presentation and to view CAP's Heart Gallery photos of waiting children. The institute will equip attendees with skills to specifically address the truama faced by foster youth. 
When:  9:30am Institute, 11:30am Luncheon Friday, 11/4/2016. 
Where:  Staybridge Suites, (Rapids Room on lower level) 1000 Genesee St, Rochester, NY 14611
Cost:  Institute: $30pp, Luncheon: $60 per person (2 for $100). Early bird Luncheon discount of $10 if you reserve tickets before October 11th. Additional $10 discount if reserving both the Institute and Luncheon together.
Purchase a Luncheon table for $400 or sponsor a child or adoptive family for $100.
Contact: Melanie Schmidt, 585-232-5110 (cell 716-418-6776) or  melanie@capbook.org   
Sign Up Now for Heart Gallery Photos!

CAP is hosting a Heart Gallery photo shoot on 7/22 for waiting children as well as families who have adopted in the last year. There is still time to sign up to have a free professional photo taken that will be used in this year's Heart Gallery display. If you cannot make it to Rochester on 7/22, contact us to schedule an individual photograph at a time and location that works for you before 9/1/2016 to participate in this year's Heart Gallery.
CAP to Participate in Photofinish 5k:

Children Awaiting Parents will have a team in the annual George Eastman House Photo Finish 5k this year. If you are interested in running or walking to support our cause, register as part of CAP's team on the George Eastman website, once registration is available.

"Runners, walkers, and people using wheelchairs are welcome! Starting and ending at George Eastman House, the scenic 3.1-mile course takes participants past a variety of other community landmarks, including the Memorial Art Gallery, the American Red Cross, School of the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester Museum & Science Center, and Strasenburgh Planetarium. You can join the fun as a participant or donor." - George Eastman Museum Website
CAP Now Serving Waiting Children in Texas!

CAP is happy to announce that Texas has recently agreed to photolist some of their waiting youth on CAP's adoption photolisting. More waiting children will now have a better chance of connecting with permanent families! View CAP's waiting youth here.
CAP's Support Group for Adoptive Families is Now Available Anywhere!

Are you an adoptive family looking for support or to get to know other adoptive families?
We invite you to join CAP's Council of Adoptive Parents Support group! We know families have busy schedules or may be outside of the Rochester area. We invite adoptive families to call in with questions during meetings on the last Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30pm EST  ( 1-712-775-7300  Enter access code 679583#)  or contact Veronica Black: 585-232-5110,
veronica@capbook.org to learn more about the group.
Waiting Child Feature: Ramel

Birth Date: February, 2003
State: New York

Ramel is a sweet, lovable, well-spoken and humorous boy. Like most boys his age he likes to play video games, watch television and movies, listen to music and draw. He enjoys cooking healthy meals and has great leadership skills.
Learn more or inquire on Ramel click here
CAP's 2015-2016 Annual Report is Here

"We at Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) have had a strong year and there are many reasons to be proud. Over the course of 44 years, our organization has established itself as an ardent advocate for finding permanent, loving homes for children legally freed for adoption in foster care. Our experience assisting children and families navigate, what can often be a very challenging system, has earned CAP a reputation as a knowledgeable child welfare resource throughout New York State and beyond..." Read more from Executive Director Charles Reaves in this year's Annual Report.
Holiday Inn Discount for CAP Families and Supporters

Thank you to Rochester Downtown's Holiday Inn for giving CAP families and supporters access to a discounted reservation rate of $99.00.  Just mention that you are with Children Awaiting Parents and the discount will be applied at the Rochester Downtown location: 70 State Street Rochester NY 14614 585-546-3450. 
New CAP Website On the Way!
We are excited to announce that a generous grant from the August Foundation will make it possible for us to make significant improvements to our website!

Our website is a powerful recruitment tool and our primary method for finding new adoptive families for foster youth. Our website hosts our waiting child photolisting that features profiles and narratives of children in need of homes. Interested families can learn more about the adoption process and inquire to be considered as an adoptive resource for the children on our site. Our photolisting was built on the belief that visible children stand a much better chance at being adopted than invisible children.

We graciously thank the August Foundation for helping us host a web site that will be a welcoming and supportive place for all our clients.
Upcoming Events
  • Council of Adoptive Parents Support Group
7/26/16: Council of Adoptive Parents Support Group: Meeting at the CAP office at 274 North Goodman Street at 6-7:30pm. If you can't make it in person, dial in: ( 1-712-775-7300  Enter access code 679583#)
Please RSVP to Veronica Black at (585) 232-5110 or email Veronica
*Childcare will be provided*
About the Group: CAP's support group for adoptive parents is held t he last Tuesday of every mont h.  The group includes educational resources for parenting adopted youth (at any age and stage) as well as fun, family events where families can build relationships with other adoptive parents. New families & their children are always welcome!
  • Foster Care Training: Thursdays in August
CAP will host MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) classes for families interested in providing foster care, starting in August. Please register in advance by contacting: Veronica Black: 585-232-5110 or veronica@capbook.org
  • Adoption Information Meeting
Interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent? CAP hosts general information meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at our  Office: 274 N. Goodman St.,  Rochester, NY 14607  (Inside the Children's Institute).  Learn all you need to know about foster care adoption, the process and how to get started ! Please  RSVP to Veronica at 585-232-5110 or veronica@capbook.org  


  • 10/1/16: CAP Team will participate in George Eastman Photofinish 5k

Registration date TBD. Please be sure you are registering as part of the CAP team so that your contribution will support CAP.

  • 11/4/16: Heart Gallery Luncheon

Help CAP find homes for waiting youth and learn from keynote speaker Dr. John Seita. More information on our website.

Children Awaiting Parents | 274 N. Goodman St., Ste. D-103, Rochester, NY 14607 |
 585-232-5110 or 1-888-835-8802 |  info@capbook.org | www.ChildrenAwaitingParents.org