Adoption Campaign Regional Kickoff Event Held in Albemarle
Politicians, policy experts, and adoption advocates converged on the Albemarle County Office Building as part of a new campaign to help children in foster care find a home.
It was the first of three regional kickoff events for "VAdopts Campaign for 1,000." Governor Bob McDonnell's campaign aims to match 1,000 adoptive families with 1,000 children from Virginia's foster care system.
The goal for Wednesday's seminar in Albemarle was to provide families in the area with information about adoption through the foster care system.
Neil Hall has 10 adopted children and has fostered 16.
"There are some struggles, but its' very pleasant. You see them smile, you give them a name, a place to live and a place to be. It makes your heart warm," Hall said.
Parents interested in adoption learned the ins and outs of the process and how crucial it is in Virginia.
"We have a lot of children in foster care that have had parental rights terminated that need to have forever families. Some of them have been matched and we're working in the process of adoption for them but we know many of them are waiting," said Chasity Fitzpatrick.
The event included a motivational speaker who discussed the importance of adopting older youth out of foster care.
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