3rd Annual Journey Home Bus Tour
Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) is hosting the Third Annual Journey Home Bus Tour event on Monday, November 20 at its foster and adoptive resource center located at 809 Swifts Highway, Jefferson City. The event aims to critically examine the process a child experiences when entering foster care upon removal from his/her biological home, and highlights the need of adoptive families for older youth in the system.
Journey Home Bus Tour, a foster care advocacy campaign, began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is now being replicated by child welfare agencies all over the country. In Missouri, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield are the cities holding the event simultaneously this year. Last year, CMFCAA organized the 2nd Journey Home event in Columbia, MO.
CMFCAA tour bus will depart from the CMFCAA headquarters at 8:30 a.m. and return at 12 noon. Tour stops include Cole County Children Division, Court House, Prenger Family Center/Juvenile Office, St. Mary’s Hospital, and a foster parent’s home. During the bus ride, participants will meet with community volunteers, mental health professionals, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers, school personnel and the county sheriff.
“Children in foster care are scared, alone and feel unwanted and unloved. Imagine being a child pulled from the only home you’ve ever known,” said DeAnna Alonso, CEO and President of CMFCAA. “The Journey Home Tour will open your eyes to the growing needs of abused and neglected children and youth. The tour will also spark your mind encouraging change and build a deeper foundation for good state policy. Jump on and take the ride!”
The bus tour is one of the many events CMFCAA is holding in connection with the National Adoption Awareness Month in November. CMFCAA kick-started the activities by hosting its annual Forget Me Not Gala on November 2nd to help children and families in need. An ongoing social media campaign aimed at raising awareness on the need of adoptive homes for foster kids at risk of aging out of system is also part of the campaign this year.
About Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association creates stability and permanence for abused and neglected children by empowering and advocating for foster and adoptive families in Central Missouri.