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Ms Black GA USA -Foster Care Project

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Foster Care Fundraising Campaign


The community initiative for the Ms Division is Foster Care. Each year the state of Georgia hosts a graduation ceremony called Celebration of Excellence (COE) where they recognize youth in care (foster homes, group homes, and other state agencies) who are graduating from high school, college or GED programs. Our Foster Care initiative supports this event along with over a dozen agencies that work to provide services for this underserved population. In May, Ms Black Georgia USA will host a reception for young girls in care and funds raised will support the adoption of a group of young ladies in care getting ready for high school graduation.

In addition, the Josephine Baker Award for Excellence in Foster Care will be awarded for the first time since its inception in 2006. The award recognizes an outstanding female in the community who has demonstrated exceptional and noteworthy leadership, advocacy, and commitment in the fight to gain increased awareness and support regarding the needs of children in Georgia’s foster care system.

IT’S A GREAT CAUSE.
As of July 2003, about 14,481 children were in state custody. The majority of these were in care by order of the juvenile court, which is the only authority, aside from a parent or guardian, which can place a child in Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) custody. Of these:
• 7,925 were in family foster care;
• 657 were placed in child-caring institutions or hospitals;
• 1,312 were in group homes;
• 2,861 were placed with relatives or were in the non-abusing parents’ home until the court could decide legal custody;
• 426 children were in foster care with relatives;
• 463 children were free for adoption and placed in adoptive homes.
The ages of children in DFCS custody range from birth to 21; the average age is about 9. Some 44 percent are white, and 51 percent are African-American. The remaining 5 percent come from other ethnic backgrounds.
Some children remain in foster care throughout their teen years. Nearly 3,992 youth are eligible to receive services through the Independent Living Program, a transition program that prepares teens ages 14-21 for independence and adulthood.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD.
The Foster Care Project will assist in the emotional, social and academic development of a group of young girls currently in care working to graduate from high school or a GED program. You can be a part of making a difference in their lives.

LEAVE YOUR MARK.
Donations over $50 will receive a listing in the reception program and donations over $200 will receive an invitation to join us at the reception.

Foster Care Project Donation Categories:
Diamond $200 and up
Gem Supporter $100 - $199
Ruby Supporter $50 - $99
Pearl Support $5 - $49

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