The Center held an Older Youth Matching Event at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, March 25. There was a great turnout of youth and families interested in adopting – 19 youth and 15 families.
The youth and families shared a day filled with activities that helped them get acquainted in a casual atmosphere. All loved the ballpark tours and the “everyone has a voice” activity that allows the youth to share about themselves. A
a surprise visit by Phoebe Phanatic was a big hit.
Now the families and the youth social workers will follow up and decide if the "forever" family for a youth has been found.
Joshua is a happy, confident 11-year-old with a brilliant smile. Joshua envisions a career as a rapper or a member of a professional basketball team. Joshua enjoys going to school and is an excellent student.
Joshua was thrilled to have the opportunity recently to visit a radio station for his Wednesday’s Child taping. He went on a private tour of the 103.9 studio in Philadelphia. He met DJ Caesar (pictured with Joshua), announced songs on the air and even picked a few songs for the playlist.
Joshua has another goal—to be adopted. He would bring joy, love and laughter to the family that welcomes him into their home. For more information, contact Paige at email@example.com.
Foster Parent Recruitment Gala
The Center hosted a Foster Parent Gala on May 5 at The Cottage Green in Philadelphia. The gala was held to celebrate current foster parents.
Current foster parents were encouraged to bring a friend as a way to recruit new foster parents. At the event, they were able to speak with social workers to discuss becoming foster parents.
Speakers included current foster parents and child welfare professionals. Everyone also enjoyed a delicious dinner and enjoyed a great performance by magician and former foster youth, Eric Anderson.
Training for Child Welfare Professionals
The Center partnered with the Human Rights Campaign and the Attic Youth Center to hold two training sessions for child welfare professionals to learn more about working with LGBT youth and families.
Led by a facilitator, attendees at the first training session worked together to address a variety of scenarios involving LGBT youth and families.The second training session gave attendees the unique opportunity to hear the inspiring first hand account of an LGBT youth who had been involved in the child welfare system.
The Center was thrilled to again receive the Human Rights Campaign's All Children-All Families seal of recognition.