8th Annual LAS Forever Home Run on Oct. 8

Kids Who Need ‘Forever Homes’ to Benefit from 5k Run on Oct. 8 in Bloomfield Hills

TROY, Mich. – Adoption advocates, running fanatics, and families searching for fall fun are encouraged to attend the 8th Annual Forever Home Run presented by The KSG Group at Morgan Stanley. The 5k run/walk is on Sat., Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills. Proceeds from the event will help more kids in the foster care system find permanent homes.

“The Forever Home Run really makes a difference in the lives of children who need a forever family,” said Rachel Sykes, Executive Director, Lutheran Adoption Service. “Events like this and the advocacy of churches like Beautiful Savior helped us put 341 families together last year. I can’t think of a more worthwhile cause.”

Families can participate in the 5k run/walk for $35 per adult and $15 per child. On race day, prices will increase to $40 per adult and $20 per child. Adults and children are encouraged to dress up and run in the 1k Dress-up Dash for $15 and $20 on race day. The 1k Dress-up Dash will start after the main event at 10:30 a.m. All Forever Home Run participants will receive a commemorative medal and t-shirt. Plus, kid-friendly activities like face painting, craft activities, and a bounce house will be available to entertain the whole family. 

A virtual 5k run/walk is available for those who want to participate in their own space. Virtual participants can start on Fri., Oct. 7. Visit foreverhomerun.com for more details.

Forever Home Run Gold Sponsors Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and Clark Hill provided funding and volunteers to make this event possible. Racing experts from Eastside Racing Company, Fast Dog Timing and Race Management, Hansons Running Shop also developed the courses and will monitor the course, manage the electronic timing system and the award ceremony on race day.

LAS created the Forever Home Run in 2015 to build awareness of the need for forever homes for kids in foster care— especially older children, sibling groups, and medically fragile youth.

LAS is Michigan’s largest private provider of adoptions. Facilitating adoptions from foster care since 1977, LAS began as a collaboration between Samaritas and Wellspring Lutheran Services and has grown over the years to include adoptions from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Services offered through LAS include adoptive parent support group sessions, behavioral health services, trauma training, and dollars for minor home repair projects to help adoptive parents meet licensing regulations. Funds also cover student camps and sports team fees, birthday gifts, and unique items for unmatched youth.

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* Important Notice *

Earlier this year, Samaritas was under investigation by the state for allegations of abuse in our emergency shelter in Grand Rapids. We opened this shelter 26 months earlier for children from Central America crossing the border fleeing from horrible condition; we were asked to take in Afghan youth when there was no other place for them to go after the crisis in Afghanistan occurred. We accepted 19 youth in response to this request and our long-term commitment to help youth to the greatest extent possible at the time of their greatest need. Samaritas was one of several similar emergency shelters across the country asked to take in these refugee youth.

Due to the severe level of trauma they had endured, many of them required intensive therapy and counseling. As a result of the growing concern we had for the depth and breadth of those needs of the youth and the safety of our team, we made the decision to work with our referring partners to move the youth to other programs where they could access the higher level of trauma-informed care, supervision, and medical attention that they required. Due to state and federal oversight of our programs, we are unable to share specific details of the investigation but we were cleared of any abuse allegations by the state and all youth were transferred to appropriate residential placements where they could receive the care they needed. Samaritas continues to be a state and federal leader in refugee resettlement, including refugee foster care.

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Please Contact:
Joe DiBenedetto
Lambert & Co.
(516) 637-0597

Matt Friedman
Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
(248) 762-1430