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TLU Teams Up with The Playhouse for Foster & Adoption Awareness Night

12/10/2012
Playhouse donates Annie tickets, offers expert panel on foster & adoption services

SEGUIN, Texas – Dec. 11, 2012 – Texas Lutheran University (TLU) Dramatic Media is teaming up with The Playhouse in San Antonio to offer a Foster & Adoption Awareness Night in conjunction with the Wednesday, Dec. 19 performance of Annie at 7 p.m. in the Russell Hill Rogers Theater. Following the show, the community is invited to stay for a panel discussion on foster care and adoption services moderated by Shannon Ivey, TLU dramatic media assistant professor. Foster youth and their families from Legacy Ranch, a Gonzalez, Texas based foster family community and retreat center, will have the opportunity to enjoy this performance of Annie thanks to a donation of 150 tickets made possible by The Playhouse President and CEO Asia Ciaravino.
 
After the performance, foster care and adoption experts will be on hand to answer questions about the foster care and adoption process as well as offer first-hand experience of becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Panelists will include: Vickie Hinson, a foster/adoption supervisor at San Antonio's Child Protective Services; Katie Elseth, community initiatives specialist at San Antonio's Child Protective Services; Sondra Ajasin, case manager and former CPS investigator; Stacy Palm, compliance manager specializing in fostering and adoption regulatory issues; Mrs. Wheeler, foster mother and adoptive mother of 10; Mrs. Sipe, foster mother from Legacy Ranch, Lore Carvalho, director of Adoption Angels, a private adoption agency; and Colleen Campbell Washington, adoption specialist at Adoption Angels.
 
This special event is for anyone who has ever thought about or is interested in foster care or adoption. “We are using the story of ‘Little Orphan Annie’ to encourage a discussion about San Antonio’s overwhelming need for safe foster families,” said Ivey. Ivey works closely with several foster and adopt programs in the San Antonio area and is a writer and advocate for theatre for social change. Last year in Texas, approximately 30,000 children ages 0-17 went through the foster care system, with nearly 3,500 just in Bexar County, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Texas has the second largest population of children in foster care in the United States.
 
The last week of November, Ivey helped round up donations for a toy drive to benefit 150 foster children from Legacy Ranch for its annual Christmas party. TLU Dramatic Media students and Playhouse actors delivered the toys and provided holiday music for the event. The drive produced 150 backpacks, which were then filled with “first night items” such as toiletries, security blankets, teddy bears, t-shirts and toys to make a foster youth’s first night in a new place a little more comfortable. Legacy Ranch provides foster care and adoption services to families located in Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio and the surrounding area.
 
This is the first of many events made possible due to the partnership between TLU Dramatic Media department and The Playhouse, which endeavors to provide quality theatre to San Antonio while promoting theatre for social change.
 
To purchase tickets for Annie, visit www.theplayhousesa.org. The panel discussion will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


If you were not able to attend the event, here is some information regarding various foster and adoption services:

Adoption Angels - full service child placing agency; for pregnant women considering adoption and prospective adoptive families
adoptionangels.com
210-227-2229 or Toll Free 866-316-2229

Texas Adoption Resource Exchange and CHILD (Congregations Helping In Love and Dedication)
www.adoptchildren.org
1-800-233-3405

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
www.dfps.state.tx.us

Family Link and Legacy Ranch - Foster & Adoption Agency
www.familylinkkids.com
830-875-6062