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900 commitments needed for adoption awareness fundraising effort

 

Kentuckians are being asked to help raise awareness of the need for more adoptive families by reserving a new specialized vehicle license plate.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is promoting the sale of the adoption awareness license plates. The license plates were designed by CHFS staff and For Jamie’s Sake, a nonprofit adoption advocacy group based in Ashland. At least 900 commitments are needed by Feb. 1, 2009, to start production.

The plate features the CHFS Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) logo and the phrase “Be a forever family adopt.”

“We have a constant need for more adoptive families, and these license plates will encourage conversation throughout the state about the issues surrounding adoption,” said Patricia R. Wilson, commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services, the state’s child welfare agency. “They will also raise money for our nonprofit partners who help us recruit and train prospective parents.”

Cost of a specialized adoption plate is $28 to be paid at the time of application -- plus the standard $15 renewal fee. At initial registration, a $10 voluntary donation will be automatically added to this cost unless the applicant opts out.

These donations will go to For Jamie’s Sake, a nonprofit adoption advocacy group that works to raise awareness of the state’s need for adoptive families. The organization’s long-term goal is to find a permanent home for every Kentucky child awaiting adoption.

More than 500 children in the state foster care system are waiting for adoptive homes.

Completed applications and checks should be mailed to: For Jamie’s Sake, Attn: Pat Ross, 1544 Winchester Ave., Suite 808, Ashland, KY 41101.

The organization will send a collective check for the reserved plates to the Transportation Cabinet. Money will be refunded if 900 plates are not reserved.

Download an application for the plate at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/adoptionlicenseplate.htm

For more information about foster care and adoption, call SNAP at (800) 928-4303. Log on to the SNAP home page at http://chfs.ky.gov/snap.

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