Gift to Help NVFS’ Special Foster Care Program

Oakton, Va., June 28, 2005—With a gift from the Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance (AWCA), Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) Special Foster Care program will be able to assist families with foster children whose needs require resources outside the realm of normal funding.

“Children are precious resources,” said Lesley Parker, chair of the AWCA Community Support Committee. “We hope our gift will support special foster children in the Northern Virginia area and provide them a greater base upon which they can build strong lives.”

NVFS’ Special Foster Care program received a $2,350 check from the alliance at its June meeting in Washington, D.C. The AWCA is a non-profit corporation established in 1993 to foster friendship and work together for the good of the community.

Susan Morris, Special Foster Care and Therapeutic Respite Care program manager, said financial gifts like these substantially help families with foster children whose special needs often outweigh financial resources.

“We appreciate this generous donation,” Morris said. “Benefactors like the AWCA make a considerable difference in what we can offer foster families and foster children.”

In particular, Morris said these funds would help a foster child who needs cochlear implants and provide sign language education for both the family and child.