Local organizations rally to raise awareness for adoption

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Youth and Shelter Services, Inc., Iowa KidsNet, AMP-Achieving Maximum Potential, and The National Center for Adoption have joined efforts to raise awareness about adoption by organizing the second annual Gingerbread Run/Walk for Adoption. The 5K run/walk will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26, at Ada Hayden Park (5205 Grand Avenue) in Ames.

Adoption promotion is important because in the United States, approximately 2.4 million people are adopted and 101, 700 children are waiting to be adopted from foster care. The goal of this walk/run is to celebrate adoptive parents, birth parents who make an adoption plan, and individuals who are adopted/waiting to be adopted. In Iowa, approximately 880 youth are legally eligible for adoption from foster care and

more foster parents and respite caregivers are needed.

Register online at www.racesonline.com (keyword: adoption). Payments may be made via credit card or by check. Shirts, reduced family rates, food, drinks, first place medals for runners in many age categories, and gifts for all youth will be provided. Participants must register by October 9 to ensure an accurate shirt size and an early registration fee.

Walkers and spectators are welcome to walk any distance and families are encouraged to attend.

For further information, contact Dr. Diana Baltimore, Executive Director of The National Center for Adoption, at 515-709-0324, or atbaltimore.diana@gmail.com