A message of love and support - especially in a time of need - can have a tremendous impact on a child’s life. In celebration of Absolutely Incredible Kid Day March 21, Central Floridians are being enlisted to send such a message through Facebook to one of the 598 children in foster care right now.
“Everyone deserves to feel like someone is thinking of them - that someone out in the community cares about them,” said Glen Casel, president and CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida, the organization that oversees foster care and adoptions in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. “We hope that on this one day, each and every one of our children will feel the love of our community through these messages.”
Casel says messages already posted to the site, www.facebook.com/CBCCFL, encourage kids to look beyond their immediate circumstances to a future that holds hope and promise:
"I may not know your names or stories but know that I love you and am praying that you meet your forever family soon." Anna Dempsey
"Stay strong, work hard to achieve your dreams, and keep your head up high! You will be an awesome leader in your community." Edwin Huertas
Promise me you will always remember – you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Karla Radka
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is a national, annual letter-writing campaign in which adults write letters of love and support to the children in their lives. Started in 1997 by the Camp Fire youth organization, this event is held the third Thursday of March, to correspond to the founding date of Camp Fire.
ABOUT COMMUNITY BASED CARE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCFL) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees foster care, adoption and other child welfare services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. In Florida each year, there are between 9,000 and 10,000 children who are not able to live at home or sleep in their own beds due to neglect or abuse. These children range in age from newborns to teenagers. When there isn't a family member to care for them, they are likely to be placed in foster care. CBCCFL is the organization charged with finding the best foster family to care for those in Central Florida.