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POSTED: November 27, 2007 5:00 a.m.
ATLANTA — About 15 children, each with the hope of finding a permanent family, and prospective adoptive families will have the opportunity to get acquainted at an adoption party and videoconference Nov. 17.
Times are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton.
This event will give prospective adoptive parents a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the children in a comfortable, fun-filled environment. Prospective adoptive parents who are unable to attend the party in Dalton will have the opportunity to interact with the same group of children via video. Videoconference sites will be set up at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Columbus State University, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness in downtown Atlanta, Fort Discovery in Augusta, Macon State College and Valdosta State University. The Division of Family and Children Services’ Adoption Unit is sponsoring the event.
“The children who attend these events are very aware of the purpose of these events and who will be in attendance so we do our best to make them as fun and comfortable as possible,” said Shamim Neal-Backus, state recruitment manager. “By hosting the Nov. 17 event in northwest Georgia, it gives us a chance to better serve and to help the children of that area feel more comfortable simply by shortening their drive to and from the event,” Neal-Backus said.
There are about 2,200 children in Georgia who are in need of adoptive families. They are typically eight and older, African American, and/or a member of a sibling group who will be placed together.
Families interested in adopting older children or learning more about the program are encouraged to attend the videoconference or party.
For more information call toll-free, 877- 242-5774, or visit the Department of Human Resources website at www.dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/adoptions
 

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