Event on Oct. 16 will raise funds and awareness of children in need of ‘Forever Homes’
TROY, Mich. –The coronavirus pandemic cannot stop the Lutheran Adoption Services (LAS) from hosting its Sixth Annual Forever Home Run in October. Instead the 5K run will be hosted virtually starting on Fri., Oct. 16 at 7:30 a.m. and will end on Sunday, Oct.18 at 11:59 p.m. The virtual event will include self-guided running options with an online leader board and a picture gallery of participants. Each participant will also receive a racing packet with a t-shirt and medal to commemorate the event. Running enthusiasts from anywhere in Michigan can register for $30 at foreverhomerun.com.
“This such a great event to introduce the public to LAS and the need for adoptive parents. This year has been a tough one for everybody, but even more so for kids who need a forever home,” said Rachel Sykes, Executive Director, Lutheran Adoption Services. “With in-person meet and greet events severely reduced because of the pandemic, we have a lot more children waiting for a permanent home. Community partners and funding will help us get more kids in front of people who want to adopt a child.”
The sixth annual Forever Home Run is presented by The KSG Group at Morgan Stanley. Proceeds from the run will raise funds and awareness for adoption-from-foster care facilitated by LAS, a collaboration between Samaritas and Wellspring Lutheran Services, which both provide foster care. LAS provides pre- and post-adoption support to families and children with therapy, coaching, parental guidance, support groups, advocacy and spiritual guidance. Proceeds from the race will directly benefit children awaiting a forever family and families who adopted a child through LAS. In 2019 alone, the Forever Home Run raised nearly $45,000.
The proceeds will also help fund some of the many services offered through LAS. Some of these include adoptive parent support group sessions, behavioral health services, trauma training, fees for student camps and sports teams and dollars for minor home repair projects to help adoptive parents meet licensing regulations. In the year of an unprecedented pandemic, the need for funds is greater than ever.
“Unmatched children in our care are experiencing a lot of anxiety during this time of quarantine,” said Sykes. “Without the care of identified caregivers or parents to make them feel safe, these kids are experiencing depression due to the unusual circumstances they’re in right now. We’re doing our best to provide resources that will help relieve some of this stress.”
At any given time, approximately 3,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system await adoptive families. Of those, nearly 300 don’t have an identified adoptive family. LAS created the Forever Home Run in 2015 as an opportunity to build awareness of the need for kids in foster care to find forever families — especially older children, sibling groups and medically-fragile youth.
About Lutheran Adoption Service
Lutheran Adoption Service (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 as well.
At any given time, approximately 3,000 youth in Michigan are eligible for adoption from foster care. LAS finalizes around 450 adoptions every year, making matches between loving adults and children waiting in foster care to find the right fit and timely permanency. Coming from a deep well of faith-based, human social services, LAS welcomes all people, from all faiths and all sorts of families, across the state of Michigan to fill the needs of children waiting in foster care.
With eight offices around the state, in Ann Arbor, Bay City, Clare, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Troy, LAS carries a vision of a day when no child waits for unconditional love or a welcoming home.
Learn more at https://www.lasadoption.org.
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