The Washoe County Social Services Have a Heart and Adoption Fair will host an important community event on foster parenting and adopting foster children this Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club at 2680 East Ninth Street in Reno.
“Fostering is the most rewarding experience of your life,” said Kim Stevens, foster and adoptive parent. “There is nothing like seeing children matched with their forever family. You see what a big difference the small things you do make in a child’s life.”
WHO: County staff will be available to answer questions for those wishing to pursue foster care or adoption. Staff will also be able to assist in the necessary paperwork to start the licensing process.
WHERE/WHEN: The Boys and Girls Club, 2680 East Ninth Street, Reno, NV, September 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHAT: Have a Heart works to improve the lives of children in the Washoe County foster care system by raising awareness of the need for foster children to remain in their schools if placement in foster care is necessary. On any given day, approximately 100 children are available for adoption and/or foster care under Washoe County’s supervision.
WHY: More than 50 children in emergency shelters currently need foster homes in Washoe County. Keeping these children in a familiar environment of school and friends provides a stable foundation when many have experienced instability in their short lives.
CONTACT: For more information on the event and how to help foster children, please visit www.haveaheartnv.org or call 775-337-4470. Information, snacks, and fun for participants provided. All children are welcome.