Catholic Charities observing November as National Adoption Awareness Month

GENESEE COUNTY — In observance of November as National Adoption Awareness Month, Catholic Charities is hosting a free informational meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Children’s Center, 575 Louisa St., Flint. The purpose is to educate the community about adoption and foster care.

There are nearly 400,000 children in the foster care system nationwide including a growing number in Genesee County in need of a “forever” home for many reasons including abuse, neglect and abandonment, according to a press release. Last year, Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties found forever homes for 38 children. More families are still needed to provide support and care for all the children in need.

“We encourage people to come to this free meeting to discover what adoption is all about and to find out if it’s right choice for them,” said Betty Rathfon, Director of Children’s Services at Catholic Charities. “There’s no obligation or pressure, just straightforward information.”

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties has been serving those in need since 1941, regardless of faith or background. For more information about services, call 810-232-9950, or e-mail — R.S.

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