At the Forever Home Run on October 12th, foster children will run beyond the finish line and—with a bit of luck—into the arms of loving families.
The fifth annual Forever Home Run, sponsored this year by Centria Healthcare, raises money and awareness for adoption-from-foster care facilitated by Lutheran Adoption Service (LAS), a collaboration between Samaritas and Wellspring Lutheran Services, which both provide foster care. The event features a family meet-and-greet, a certified 5K, a 1K dress-up dash for kids in costumes, face-painting, photo booth, a bounce house and other activities including games and crafts. The event is endorsed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicating to promoting active and healthy lifestyles for Michigan citizens.
At any given time, approximately 3,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system await adoptive families. Of those, 300 don’t have an identified adoptive family. LAS created the Forever Home Run in 2014 as an opportunity to build awareness of the need for kids in foster care to find forever families—especially older children, sibling groups and medically-fragile youth.
Last year, the Forever Home Run raised nearly $50,000, according to Diana Moore, LAS Executive Director. Proceeds from the event fund a variety of services, including an intensive therapy program, adoptive parent support group and trauma training for adoptive parents.
Forever Home Run will take place at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5631 North Adams Road, Bloomfield Hills 48304.
Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 5K starting at 9 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 10 a.m. A 1K Dress-Up Dash takes place at 10:15 a.m.
You can register at: www.foreverhomerun.com