MFCAA to help Kansas City’s LGBTQ community adopt

MFCAA to help Kansas City’s LGBTQ community adopt

Independence, MO — NOVEMBER 20, 2013 Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MFCAA) is proud to announce our partnership with Raise a Child and the Human Rights Campaign to create a local media campaign designed to raise awareness of the options available to LGBTQ families interested in foster care and adoption.

In 2010, 28,000 youth “aged out” of foster care, with no parents or familial supports. The prospects for these young adults are dismal: 75% will not graduate high school or earn a GED, over 50% will experience homelessness and nearly 30% will become incarcerated. Remarkably, as many as 3 in 10 of the nation’s homeless adults have a history in foster care. Young people aging out of public systems are confronted with critical housing and emotional needs that, if left unaddressed, have the potential to cause irreparable harm.

Sizing on the momentum created by the “Equality Movement”, MFCAA plans to ramp-up recruiting efforts aimed at Kansas City’s LGBTQ community through a targeted media campaign. The result of this initiative will be an environment where it is easier for loving LGBTQ families to build their families through foster care and adoption. This campaign will include postings in several local publications and radio outlets.

On November 21st, there will be a “Raise a Child kick-off party” held at Studio B, 2016 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri. Drinks will be provided; entertainment will include comedian Alec Mapa. To donate to this cause or to RSVP please call 816-350-0215, or email eric@mfcaa.org.

For more information contact: Eric Charles-Gallo, Training Director Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association 18600 E 37th Terrace, Box 11, Independence, MO 64057 eric@mfcaa.org 816-350-0215

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