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New campaign puts a face on foster care in southern Utah, public invited

ST. GEORGE - Utah Foster Care Foundation is hosting a public forum for those wanting to know what it’s really like to be a foster parent or a child in foster care. The public is invited to meet foster families face-to-face at the free public forum in St. George on Feb. 20.

Through Utah Foster Care’s latest outreach campaign, St. George and Cedar City families have a chance to hear the experiences of actual Utah foster families. In southwest Utah, there are 270 children in foster care, nearly half of them age 11 and above.

“We have a new effort underway to find foster families in the St. George area,” the Foster Care Foundation Communications Manager Deborah Lindner said.

The integrated media campaign, “Utah Foster Care Changed My Life,” features teens adopted through foster care and their foster parents in 30-second spots appearing on social media and in movie theater screens in St. George and Cedar City. The spots direct viewers to “hear more” in online videos on Utah Foster Care’s website.

“Foster families are the best people to recruit other foster parents,” Foster Family Recruiter Debbie Hofhines said. “They offer perspective that no one else can give, through their own experiences, in their own words.”

Event Recap and Resources

What: “Foster Care Changed My Life” Public Forum

When: Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Utah Foster Care offices, 491 East Riverside Drive, #2B, St. George

Contact and registration: 435-656-8065

Dinner provided. RSVP by Feb.18. Free and open to the public.

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