Henricus joins campaign to help foster children
Park offers free admission for foster families Nov. 18
CHESTER — Henricus Historical Park has joined the Give Big America movement to raise awareness of America’s foster children throughout the month of November, and to raise money to support Connect Our Kids, a nonprofit building cloudbased technology tools to support those working in the foster care system.
There are over 400,000 children in the system. Over 20,000 kids age-out of the foster care system every year. By age 26, two-thirds will have been homeless, incarcerated, or are dead.
Connect Our Kids is an organization committed to developing software that will dramatically improve the family recruitment process for foster children.
This innovative group is privately funded, and they are asking their fellow Americans for help by donating money to develop cloud-based technologies to improve foster care outcomes.
This November, volunteers across the country will share kindness and shine a spotlight on America’s foster children by donating their time, talent, or treasure. Henricus Historical Park is participating in this grassroots campaign by offering free admission to foster children and their families on November 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The event on this day, Affairs of the Hearth, will give visitors the opportunity to explore 17th-century cooking in the daily life of English soldiers, middle-class colonists, and Virginia Indians. Foster families may contact their local social services office to receive their free-admission coupon.
“As a cultural resource dedicated to the education and well-being of children, we are honored to be a part of this important campaign to raise awareness and improve the process of connecting foster children with loving families,” said Charles L. Grant, Executive Director of Henricus Historical Park.
Additionally, this campaign aims to collect in-kind donations for six partner organizations that work directly with over 3,000 foster children.
For more information go to www.GiveBIGAmerica.com.
Aiden Seymour, 9, of North Chesterfield, played at the 9-pin area at Henricus Historical Park in Chester in September 2016.