Throughout Arkansas, there are children waiting for their forever home. In recent years, individuals and organizations have been stepping up to ensure these children find the right home for them. But there’s still more work to be done.
In 2018, there were 4,517 children in foster care in Arkansas, according to the state Department of Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services. This total is an 11-percent decrease from the same time in 2017.
One of the organizations leading the charge in the movement to find homes for children is Project Zero, a non-profit that finds forever families for foster children. Funded by donations and volunteer service, Project Zero holds multiple events that allow children to interact with potential forever families, from a Back to School Bash, a Disney Extravaganza and more.
And Project Zero has made an impact. At least 127 children found a home in 2017 thanks to the nonprofit.
According to adoptive mom Jessica Bubbus, “Project Zero helped to complete our family. Project Zero and Christie Erwin are raisingawareness about kids here in Arkansas who desperately need a mom and dad to stepup and fill in the gap. What a huge calling Project Zero has to fulfill and what a great jobProject Zero is doing in finding forever families for these waiting kids.”
This November, Project Zero is holding its second annual garden and gun-themed dinner party, as well as a sporting clays tournament, in order to raise awareness for adoption and celebrate National Adoption Month. National Adoption Month originally started as National Adoption Week in 1984, as proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan. President Bill Clinton expanded it to the full month of November in 1995.
The “Aiming for Zero” dinner party promises to be a night full of fun, great food and great entertainment. Petit & Keet is scheduled to provide the catering, while Hemmed & Hollow is providing live music.
It wouldn’t be a party without some fun raffle baskets and a live auction.
But the main focus of the event is raising awareness for foster children. According to Project Zero, there are currently 350 children who have had their parental rights terminated and are waiting to be adopted.
It’s through fun, unique events that Project Zero hopes to unite these children and their forever families.
“At Project Zero we love crazy out of the box ideas! Especially when they help find forever families for the children who so desperately desire to be loved. The main focus of this fundraiser is to raise more awareness about the need for adoption in our state and to have a really fun night of live music, raffle baskets and live auction items, and amazingSouthern cuisine from Petit & Keet,” Kandace Gerber, Project Zero’s Director of Marketing & Development, says.
The “Aiming for Zero” dinner party will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Grandeur House in Little Rock.