Local non-profit honors individuals who assist abused and neglected children and 9 special foster youth
The Foster Angels of Central Texas Foundation’s second-annual Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for April 12th, 2012 at 11:30am at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark. On this day, we give thanks to Central Texans who dedicate themselves to protecting & caring for foster children. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support these children.
Last year in Central Texas, 5,056 children were removed from their homes due to neglect and abuse. Nine of these children will be recognized and honored with a special gift—something well-deserved after a childhood of trauma and abuse. One youth, Ian, has dreams of diving for the 2016 Olympic team. He described foster care as the “worst thing to happen to anybody. Say goodbye to a regular kid's life." But without the caring adults in his life, Ian would not be where he is today.
“Not only are the foster children themselves forgotten, but many times the advocates for these children are forgotten, too. We would like to not only recognize the children, but also those who serve them every day,” said Ted Oakley, President of the Board of Directors of Foster Angels. The honorees attending the Luncheon are dedicated to ensuring that foster youth are given the tools they need to lead a satisfying and promising adult life. They handle calls and make decisions every day to ensure the safety of these children.
“We urge all Central Texans to join in celebrating and showing support for the many contributions and accomplishments of those who work so diligently to protect the youth of our community,” announced Mayor Lee Leffingwell, on behalf of the City of Austin. Mayor Leffingwell has proclaimed April 12th, 2012, as a Day of recognition for Advocates of Abused and Neglected Children.
Over 450 guests and honorees are expected at the Luncheon on Thursday. Nine special foster children will be formally recognized and honored. All attendees will enjoy a gourmet lunch, door prizes, and a special closing presentation in their honor. Derek Clark, critically acclaimed author, motivational speaker, and former foster child, is the keynote speaker. Carla McDonald, CEO and founder of Dynabrand PR Firm, will emcee the event.
About the Foster Angels of Central Texas Foundation
Foster Angels of Central Texas was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2010 to address the growing need for assistance to foster children, and has since helped over 2,000 children in foster care with special requests. Its mission is to improve the lives of children in foster care – ensuring that each child has his/her basic needs met and to provide life-enriching experiences whenever possible.
April 12th, 2012
Foster Angels of Central Texas
P.O. Box 152575
Austin, Texas 78715
Sarah Smith, Executive Director
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Over 5,000 of those children live right here in Central Texas.
Studies show that:
April 12th, 2012
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
4140 Governor’s Row 78744
Note to Editor: Photography/Video of the event is permitted; however the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services prohibits photographing the faces of children in foster care.