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Wait No More Conference Encourages Washington Families to Adopt Waiting Orphans

More than 1,000 children in Washington’s foster care system are waiting for adoptive families

August 29, 2011 

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Focus on the Family will join the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, as well as church and adoption leaders from around the state, to raise awareness of and recruit permanent families for waiting children and youth in foster care.

The Wait No More adoption conference, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, will highlight the fact that more than 1,000 children and youth are awaiting adoption in Washington’s foster care system – a state with more than 5,000 churches. 

"Our message is simple," said Kelly Rosati, who adopted her four children from foster care and serves as vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family. "Washington’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."

Conference participants will have the opportunity to hear more about the kids who are waiting, the process of adoption from foster care and ways to support adoptive families. In addition, agency representatives will be on site to answer questions and help families begin the adoption process.

Since November 2008, more than 1,525 families have stepped forward to start the adoption process through ten Wait No More adoption events in eight states.

The event is scheduled from 1 – 5 p.m. and no admission costs are involved. However, because conference-related materials will be offered, pre-registration is strongly preferred. For more information or to register, visit iCareAboutOrphans.org or call 1-800-A-FAMILY.

To coordinate media interviews, please call Nina Coppola at 719-531-3386, or e-mail her at Nina.Coppola@fotf.org

About Focus on the Family Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus online at www.focusonthefamily.com/ and on Facebook at facebook.com/focusonthefamily . You can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/focusfamily .

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