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Foster organization hosts first info session for Elgin, Manor

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Foster Community would like to invite the residents of Manor and Elgin to its first Foster Community Cares event, which is aimed at connecting citizens with more than 20 of the great organizations that support adoptive/foster and kinship care families. This family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lagos Elementary in Manor. Admission is free.

“Couples or individuals interested in adoption or becoming a foster family have to drive in to Austin to attend the monthly info sessions hosted by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services,” said Olga Campos Benz, the Community Outreach Specialist for Foster Community. “Instead, we want to bring the experts to the communities in a fun, informative experience for all.”

In addition to meeting with representatives from the various agencies that provide support services for adoptive/foster and kinship care families, there will also be organizations that offer volunteer opportunities to help the children and families involved in foster care. It’s an ideal situation for church members, civic organizations or neighborhood groups who want to work together to help their neighbors in need and to keep children in their communities.

Cohosts for the event include Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Community Representative Tim Schultz, Manor City Councilmember Dr. Larry Wallace II, Elgin City Councilmember Mary Penson, Manor ISD Trustee Ana Cortez and Elgin ISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Peter Perez

There will be snacks, raffle prizes, giveaways, activities and games in addition to a mini-info session for those interested in becoming foster/ adoptive parents

Foster Community’s mission is to recruit more, diverse families and individuals to foster or adopt children in the state’s foster care system. At any time, on average 1,300 children are in the state’s care in Region 7, which includes Travis and Bastrop Counties.

For more information about Foster Community Cares, please contact Olga Campos Benz at Olga@Foster Community.org.