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Press Release

September 4, 2003

Save the Date For NYC Adopt 2003: Finding Families For Children Hundreds of Children in NYC are in Need of Adoptive Homes

Who/What: Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner William Bell will host New York City’s largest adoption event, “NYC Adopt: Finding Families for Children”. More than 5,000 New Yorkers are expected to attend this fun-filled, family oriented celebration of children and families at which 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.
   
When: Saturday, October 4, 2003
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Speaking program will begin at 11:45 a.m.
   
Where: Central Park’s East Meadow, off Fifth Avenue, between 97th and 98th Streets
   
Why: Of the 24,500 children currently in foster care in New York City, there are
800 children who are in need of a permanent adoptive home. Though the
majority of children adopted out of the foster care system are adopted by their foster parents, many children are still in need of a loving family to open their hearts and homes.

At NYC Adopt, New Yorkers learn about the joys, challenges and process of adopting a child through the City of New York while enjoying a fun-filled day in the park with family and friends. Prospective parents can attend orientation sessions and educational workshops, as well as view the NYC Family Album, which includes photos and biographies of waiting children.

Current foster and adoptive parents have the opportunity to network and share their personal experiences with other parents. 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 games, a petting zoo, musical entertainment, celebrity guests, clowns, face painting and more. For more information about the adoption process, people can call 311 or log onto www.nyc.gov/acs.


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