Utah Foster Care invites all to free dinner with a purpose: providing children a home

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ST. GEORGE — Sixteen-year-old Trinity is registered under ID number 196446, a number she hopes will get called one day. What that number doesn’t reveal is that she is bubbly and friendly, adores working with animals and has a passion for helping others, or that she is a bright tenth-grader who’s favorite food is a burger from Five Guys. The Southern Utah community is invited to attend an event Wednesday with Trinity’s goal, and those of other children like her, in mind.

Flyer announcing “Ask a foster parent night” adoption event being held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in St. George, Utah | Image courtesy of Utah Foster Care, St. George News

Utah Foster Care in Southern Utah is holding its annual “Ask a foster parent night” for the community Wednesday at 6 p.m. at The Falls Event Center in St George. Dinner is included, and the event is free.

The event will provide people with information about fostering children. What is it like to be a child in foster care? What is it like to be a foster parent? These are just some of the many questions that will be answered by a panel of experts, parents, state workers, adopted children and others involved in the foster/adoption process.

“This our biggest foster event of the year, and we’re excited to be hosting a panel of presenters who will be sharing their experiences, including biological parents,” said Ben Ashcraft, southwest region representative for Utah Foster Care.

Most children across the United States are born into a home where they are cared for by parents who provide stability and protection; but sadly, in Utah there are between 2,400-2,800 children on any given day that are in state custody because their primary caretakers are no longer able to care for them.

There is a need for adoptive families for older children, sibling groups and children with significant needs. These children need safety, acceptance, love and nurturing in a permanent family setting in order to grow into happy, productive adults.

There are approximately 150 children in Utah who are legally up for adoption who have yet to be matched to an adoptive family, some of which are located in the southwest region of the state. They are listed on Utah’s Adoption Connection and can be found in the “Heart Gallery” where Trinity’s adoption profile is listed.

In partnership with the Adoption Exchange, Utah’s Adoption Connection provides the link between children waiting for adoption and families wanting to adopt. It also recruits families for children who have survived abuse and neglect and provides training, information and follow-up support.

Wednesday’s dinner is open to anyone interested in learning more about foster and adoptive parenting.

“Come learn more about the program by meeting other foster/adoptive families and hearing about their stories and experiences,” Ashcraft said.

Event Details

  • What: “Ask a foster parent night” panel discussion and dinner.
  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m.
  • Where: The Falls Event Center, 170 S. Mall Drive, St. George.
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Those interested in attending in St. George are asked to RSVP by email to rsvp@utahfostercare.org. Include your name, the number of people attending and identify “St. George” as your area, as the RSVP email is a general email used in forums across the state.

For more information, contact Utah Foster Care at 435-216-3294 or visit the program’s website at utahfostercare.org.

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