Thursday, June 11, 2009

Community Efforts Help Foster Children to Get Back to Being Children

/PRNewswire/ -- The Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) designated May as the month to celebrate the tireless efforts of foster care home providers and adoptive parents. On May 16, DFCS honored the parents and are planning a special day at Six Flags Over Georgia for the foster children who often go overlooked.

"We often see an increase in the number of children and families who need our assistance during difficult economic times such as these," said Dannette R. Smith, Director of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services. "This is clearly a time when partnering with the community can make a huge difference in the lives of the children we serve."

On June 13, the county's foster care children will spend an entire day at Six Flags Over Georgia. Local community partners pitched in to help plan the special event for the children. The community's acts of kindness began with Six Flags Over Georgia who agreed to provide food and ticket concessions. The Coca-Cola Company sponsored more than 200 one-day passes for the children as well.

Bernard Taylor, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Alston & Bird, LLP, also pitched in by donating a check to help offset some of the event's cost. Taylor, who grew up in the foster care system, knows firsthand the obstacles these children face.

"I just want to give these children a day where they can just be children and not worry about the challenges they have had to live with," said Taylor.

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