Somerset Children and Youth Services National Adoption Awareness Month

Since November is National Adoption Awareness Month, Somerset County Children and Youth Services is hosting a double-feature family movie matinee on November 20.

The event is free, open to the public and held at Johnstown State Theater, located at 336 Main Street in downtown Johnstown. Theater doors are scheduled to open at 12:15 p.m. and the first movie, “Toy Story 4,” is scheduled to start at 12:35 p.m. The purpose of the event is to recognize and celebrate the contributions of foster families and adopting the region of families.

A 15-minute intermission will follow the first film, with refreshments and door prizes offered during this time.

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The second movie, “Instant Family,” is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. This 2018 comedy-drama stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a couple who adopt three siblings through the foster care system.

Adoptive and foster families

Laurie Deist, a social worker at the county agency, said she wanted to provide a unique event for National Adoption Awareness Month promote the local need for adoptive families and recognize those who have adopted.

“We want to focus on adoption, but we will also share information on foster care,” she said.

Agency staff and current foster and adoptive parents and families plan to attend and be available to speak to anyone interested in adopting a young person through the foster care system or considering becoming a parent. reception – but no specific commitment is required, Deist mentioned.

Families wishing to come see one or both family movies at this historic local theater are also welcome.

“It’s free to the public and there’s no registration, no commitment,” she said. “We just want to suggest that anyone considering adopting or fostering young people come talk to other families.”

Adoptive and foster families are needed locally to look after groups of siblings and to provide young people with ongoing care as well as temporary care, which includes emergency care, after-school support or a place to stay for several days while the youth is matched with a host family. .

“The reality is that older kids need someone to help them (learn) life skills, like money management, or they need a place to land (during holidays or school/college holidays),” she said. “There are so many complex needs in this age group and they need more attention and care.”

Guests are not required to wear masks to enter the theater, but those who feel more comfortable wearing them are welcome, Deist said.

“The theater is so big, it’s a lot bigger than a traditional cinema,” she said. “There’s plenty of space there for families to watch a movie and talk to families (foster and adoptive).”

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