The Open Your Heart to a Child matching meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 1-3:30 p.m., at the Belair Conference Center, 4081 Belair Road, Augusta. Families interested in learning about adoption are invited to attend this event, which is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
County DFCS and private adoption agencies will have information about specific children who are in need of adoptive families as well as general "how-to" adoption information. Families new to the process will have the opportunity to attend an informational meeting during this event.
"Matching meetings are a great way for prospective adoptive families to learn about children who are in need of adoptive families from the case managers of those children," said Dan Almeter, Regional Adoption Coordinator in the Augusta area. "This event also allows adoption staff the opportunity to meet and interact with interested families, which is a great help in the process of matching children with families."
Currently in Georgia, more than 250 children are in need of adoptive families. Most of these children have suffered abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. The majority of children who are in need of adoptive families are age 8 and older, African American, and/or a member of a sibling group who wish to be placed together.
For more information on the Open Your Heart to a Child matching meeting, call your Regional Adoption Coordinator, toll-free, at 888-460-2467, or Dan Almeter at 706-771-5890.