Kids line up at the starting line for the Dress-Up Dash at the Forever Home Run, hosted by Lutheran Adoption Service last year.

Kids line up at the starting line for the Dress-Up Dash at the Forever Home Run, hosted by Lutheran Adoption Service last year.

Photo provided by Lutheran Adoption Service


Race aims to match children with forever families

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 9, 2019

 This photo gallery of children in the foster care system awaiting adoption greeted participants in last year’s Lutheran Adoption Service Forever Home Run.

This photo gallery of children in the foster care system awaiting adoption greeted participants in last year’s Lutheran Adoption Service Forever Home Run.

Photo provided by Lutheran Adoption Service

 The Lutheran Adoption Service Forever Home Run, in its fifth year, aims to shed light on the need for kids in foster care to find forever families, especially older children, sibling groups and medically fragile children.

The Lutheran Adoption Service Forever Home Run, in its fifth year, aims to shed light on the need for kids in foster care to find forever families, especially older children, sibling groups and medically fragile children.

Photo provided by Lutheran Adoption Service

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TROY — Some of the over 3,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system have not found forever families because of unique needs.

These needs arise from emotional or medical impairments, learning disabilities and developmental delays.

Many of those challenges often improve when the children are placed with supportive families.

Most children looking for forever families have suffered neglect, abuse or abandonment, and some struggle to find forever homes because they have siblings they want to remain with.

In an effort to raise awareness for adoption from foster care in Michigan, Lutheran Adoption Service will host its fifth annual Forever Home Run, sponsored by Centria Healthcare, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills Oct. 12.

Diana Moore, the executive director of Lutheran Adoption Service, said there will be a meet-and-greet between approved families and children available for adoption. A photo gallery will feature children available for adoption.

The event also offers a certified 5K run, a 1K Dress-Up Dash for kids in costume, face painting, a photo booth, a bounce house, games and crafts.

The event is endorsed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, a private nonprofit organization created to collaborate with the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, according to its website.

The cost to pre-register is $35 for the 5K and $15 for the 1K. The cost on the day of the event is $40.

Moore said that last year, the Forever Home Run raised nearly $50,000.

“The funds raised support children and families in the adoption process to make a good match,” Moore said.

That support includes in-home therapy, support groups and trauma training.

“It’s an exciting event,” Moore said.

“It’s a family fun event,” said Lisa Harrison, the special events and community engagement manager for Lutheran Adoption Service.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church is located at 5631 N. Adams Road in Bloomfield Hills.

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12, with the 5K starting at 9 a.m. and an awards ceremony commencing at 10 a.m. The 1K Dress-Up Dash will take place at 10:15 a.m.

Register at foreverhomerun.com.

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