Bethany Christian Services celebrating National Adoption Month with Willie Moore Jr., the WilFlo Foundation, and more

October 27, 2021

Atlanta, GA— Bethany Christian Services, a nonprofit that is committed to changing the world through family, is teaming up with radio host Willie Moore Jr., the WilFlo Foundation, and other local partners to celebrate National Adoption Month with a dinner and VIP screening of Moore Jr.’s documentary, The Missing Peace. The event will be held on November 1, 2021, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the iPic Theater (1197 Peachtree St. NE Suite 350, Atlanta, GA, 30361).

As part of the event, Bethany representatives will provide information about adoption and foster care, as well as other ways the community can support children and youth waiting for permanent connection through a family.

“With over 23,000 young people aging out of the foster care system every year, our focus is two-fold: recruit loving families willing to adopt older children and to identify families and community leaders who will use their platforms and network to advocate for these youth,” said Dr. Kimberly Offutt, National Director of Family Engagement and Support at Bethany Christian Services. “We are so thankful for partnerships with influential advocates like Willie Moore, Jr. who passionately offer their time and talents to support children and youth in the foster care system.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated 120,000 children and youth lost a parent or other caregiver, putting them more at risk of entering the foster care system. More than half the children who lost a primary caregiver were children of color.

The pandemic has also been challenging for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. In December 2020, Congress enacted the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act which provided emergency relief to youth in foster care and prevented them from aging out. As of September 30th, 2021, this financial support and the moratorium on aging out of foster care has expired, leaving many foster youth on their own and without support.

“I’ve seen the difference a family can make in the life of a child. There’s never been a better time to open your heart and your home to a child or youth in need,” said Offutt.

To learn more about Bethany Christian Services of Atlanta, visit Bethany.org/Atlanta.

WHO: Bethany Christian Services, Willie Moore, Jr., and the WilFlo Foundation WHAT: National Adoption Month celebration; Screening of The Missing Piece WHEN: Monday, November 1 at 6:30 PM WHERE: iPic Theater, 1197 Peachtree St. NE Suite 350, Atlanta, GA, 30361

About Bethany Christian Services Bethany is an international Christian nonprofit changing the world through family. With a presence in more than 30 states and in five countries, Bethany partners with churches and communities to strengthen and preserve families, support refugees and immigrants fleeing danger, and find safe, loving families for children who need them. Bethany demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus, impacting hundreds of thousands of lives every year, because we believe everyone deserves to be safe, loved, and connected.