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The Up Center Kicks Off Adoption Awareness Month with Local Events

The Up Center, Hampton Roads’ largest non-profit social services agency, today announced several events in honor of Adoption Awareness Month in November. The events, ranging from an interactive exhibit, a holiday gift giving opportunity and a documentary film, highlight the lives of foster children and their search for a forever family. The need is great—according to the Virginia Department of Social Services, there are over 4,000 children in Virginia’s foster care system. Of those 4,000, over 1,000 children are ready for adoption right now.

Parents and families interested in foster care and adoption should attend.  Each event is free and will provide educational information for parents wishing to become adoptive parents.


Monday, November 4
Launch of the Star Tree Holiday Gift Drive

Individuals may give a gift to a child in need this holiday season during the Star Tree Gift Drive. Children’s names, ages and wish lists are indicated on each star. For each gift giver, he/she will receive a star ornament, hand crafted by foster and adoptive children in Hampton Roads.
Location: Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach

Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Adoption Journey
, an educational, interactive exhibit featuring youth in Hampton Roads and their venture through adoption. Learn about the adoption process, available resources and each child’s fate. “The Adoption Journey” is sponsored in part by a grant from Virginia Department of Social Services and coordinated by the following local adoption agencies—Bethany Christian Services, United Methodist Family Services and The Up Center.

Location: Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach

Thursday, November 7, 8 p.m.
Film: Ask Us Who We Are highlights the challenges and great rewards that foster parents experience. Hear real stories of youth in the foster care system.

Ask Us Who We Are is about the search for home, community, and the transformative power of love in the midst of fractured and often broken lives. This film breaks open stereotypes and gives voice to those who are often not heard. See the official trailer here.

Location: Naro Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk

Content may not be suitable for children under 13.

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