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St. Louis Event Challenges Churches to Adopt Missouri Kids

"Missouri’s waiting kids in foster care deserve forever adoptive families"

May 20, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colo – Missouri's waiting legal orphans in foster care will be the focus of the Wait No More event being held at Calvary Church Mid Rivers Campus on Saturday, June 6. Sponsored by Focus on the Family and the Missouri Children's Division, along with child placement agencies, churches and ministries, the event will educate people about today’s orphan crisis and potentially inspire at least 100 families to begin the adoption process for a waiting child in foster care.

1400 children are waiting in the Missouri foster care system for their forever home. Some of these children have been waiting for a permanent loving home for many years and are now on the verge of “aging out” or exiting the system, making it very likely that they will have no one to turn to once they reach the age of 18. Wait No More will serve as an opportunity for families to hear from various speakers and receive helpful answers to their questions about adoption. If families are ready to adopt, agencies represented will help start the process.

260 families stepped forward to start the adoption process at last November's Wait No More conference in Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 150 churches were represented at the event.

“Our message is simple,” said Kelly Rosati, adoptive mother of four and senior director of the Sanctity of Human Life department at Focus on the Family. “Missouri’s waiting kids in foster care deserve forever adoptive families. No matter their age or special circumstance, they are precious to God and we won’t give up on them.”

The Wait No More conference is scheduled from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and no admission costs are involved. However, due to the fact that free lunch and conference-related materials will be offered, pre-registration is preferred. For more information or to register, visit www.icareaboutorphans.org or call 800-A-Family.

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