Kennedy Krieger Institute's Therapeutic Family Care and Ravens' Kicker Matt Stover to Host Summer Cookout

June 21, 2004
Families are Invited to Learn More About Foster Care for Children with Special Needs

Baltimore - Like most treatment foster care programs in the nation, Kennedy Krieger Institute's Therapeutic Family Care (TFC) program is in critical need of foster families for children with special physical, developmental and mental health needs. As exposure to community violence and drugs and alcohol in-utero increases - while available family supports decrease - the need for "treatment" foster parents is greater than ever, but the pool of available and qualified individuals has not kept up with the demand.

In response, Institute staff have begun an aggressive campaign to recruit 18 new foster parents to the program this year. The Ravens' Matt Stover and his family will host a summer cookout from 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 24 at Kennedy Krieger's Greenspring campus to encourage interested individuals to learn more about how they can help. The evening will include food, kids' entertainment and a special football kicking clinic.

TFC was created in 1986 to prevent the institutionalization of children with special needs by matching them with specially trained foster parents who have direct access to the interdisciplinary team of developmental experts at Kennedy Krieger. Over the past 20 years, TFC has placed more than 280 children in treatment foster homes, and it continues to be the only program in the state affiliated with a large medical institution devoted exclusively to children with disorders of the brain, including medically fragile conditions, developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders and multiple handicaps.

WHAT: Summer Cookout with Therapeutic Family Care and the Ravens' Matt Stover
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2004
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kennedy Krieger Institute's Greenspring Campus
RSVP: (443) 923-7300