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Press Release

September 30th, 2002

New York City's Largest Adoption Event Takes Place This Weekend

Victoria Rowell From "The Young and the Restless" Will Share Remarks with Children and Prospective Adoptive Parents

Who/What: Commissioner William Bell of the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) will host the 25th annual "NYC Adopt: Finding Families for Children," the City's largest adoption celebration. Victoria Rowell, actress from "The Young and the Restless" and founder of the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan, will speak about growing up with foster parents and share her insights into the joys and challenges of adoption. Adoptive parent and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott will also share his insight. Through this event, ACS aims to raise awareness about adoption and offer New Yorkers the chance to learn more about the process of adoption in New York City. Prospective parents can also view the NYC Family Album, which includes photos and biographies of waiting children.
   
When: Saturday, October 5, 2002 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Speaking program begins at 12:00 noon
   
Where: Central Park's East Meadow, off Fifth Avenue, between 97th and 98th Streets
   
Why:

Of the 28,000 children currently in foster care in New York City, there are
800 children who are in need of a permanent and loving adoptive home.

While ACS has made great strides in the past six years since the agency was
created and adoption has increased by 63% during that timeframe, there is still
more work to be done.

During the course of the day thousands of prospective adoptive parents can
learn more about the joys, challenges and process of adopting a child through
the City of New York. Forty-five different adoption agencies will participate in the
event and will be available to answer questions.

Terrific activities that will make great photo opportunities with children will occur throughout the day including musical entertainment, clowns, a petting zoo, face painting and more. For more information about the adoption process, people can call 212/676-WISH or log onto www.nyc.gov/acs


Contact:
ACS Press Office
Phone: 212-341-0999
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