Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Clark County Adoption Fair Slated

LAS VEGAS — The Clark County Department of Family Services, The Adoption Exchange and other local adoption and government agencies are presenting the 10th annual Adoption Fair. The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

The event brings together prospective parents, children hoping to be adopted and professionals seeking homes for local children. Public and private adoption agencies will be there, including the Department of Family Services, Catholic Charities and LDS Social Services. Those who attend can also get information from representatives of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children in foster care, and various foster care agencies that help abused and neglected children.

Local experts on adoption and foster care will be on hand to conduct seminars and provide information to families and prospective parents. Prospective parents can view photos of hundreds of local children seeking a "forever family." The Adoption Exchange will also display its Heart Gallery, featuring compelling portraits of local children waiting for a family to adopt them.

The Adoption Exchange connects children and families. It is a non-profit 501(c) (3) child welfare organization founded in 1983 to work for safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Since its inception, the agency has helped find families for more than 4,700 children, including hundreds here in Southern Nevada.

This event is very timely as the number of children in need of foster care in Clark County is at record levels, and not enough foster homes are available. More than 2,300 children are currently in foster care in the county, and the number of kids in need of shelter has steadily been increasing by nearly 30 percent annually. It's a critical community concern.

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