April 30, 2004

State of Alabama
Press Release: Human Resources, Department of

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Alabama's Foster Care Awareness Blue Ribbon Rally will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2004 at 10:30 on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion. First Lady Patsy Riley has agreed to be a spokesperson for foster/adoptive parent recruitment in Alabama.

Mrs. Riley is the host for the Foster Care Awareness Month Blue Ribbon Rally. The Rally is part of a National Blue Ribbon campaign. Alabama Foster/Adoptive Parent, Johnna Breland, is the National Chairperson for the campaign.


Donald and Lanell Bradley of Butler County are the 2004 Foster/Adoptive Parents of the Year. They were presented with the honor at a banquet held during the Alabama Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Annual Training Conference on April 16. The Bradleys have four grown children of their own and recently adopted a sibling group of five who were in the custody of the Lowndes County DHR.


Alabama has 5,560 children in Out of home care in Alabama:

151 live with relatives
2,576 live with in a traditional foster family home
1,308 live with a therapeutic foster family
The remaining children live in some sort of group home or other treatment facility.

Alabama has 1,903 Traditional Foster Family Homes. This includes relatives who are licensed as well as provisionally licensed homes.

A provisionally licensed home is when someone who had an existing relationship with a child who comes into our custody, steps forward and agrees to become a foster home for that child. They have six months to be trained, get background checks completed and finish the final approval process.

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