AT&T Provides $50,000 Contribution to Support Adoption and Foster Care Efforts of Children's Home Society of North Carolina
Children's Home Society to Emphasize Recruitment of Families for Adoption in the Triangle Region
Raleigh, North Carolina, November 8, 2007
The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), today announced a $50,000 contribution to Children's Home Society (CHS) of North Carolina to support a program targeted at recruiting prospective foster families and adoptive parents in the Triangle region. North Carolina's first lady Mary Easley attended the announcement to help celebrate the partnership and to recognize November as National Adoption Awareness Month.
Cynthia Marshall, president, AT&T North Carolina, said AT&T has long been a strong supporter of children and families.
"We understand that children need loving, supportive families," Marshall said. "We are pleased to be able to work with Children's Home Society of North Carolina by helping that dream come true for children in Wake and surrounding counties. AT&T is all about connecting people to each other and to the information they need. That is exactly what CHS is working to do and the reason that we are so excited to support its efforts."
Because of a shortage of available families willing to adopt children in need, CHS was able to place just 46 percent of the children who were referred for adoption last year. Using the funds from this contribution, CHS will launch a recruitment drive that targets Wake and surrounding counties where the need for families is acute.
"Relationships with companies such as AT&T are wonderful testaments to the growing philanthropic efforts of major corporations," said Ken Tutterow, chief executive officer of CHS. "AT&T is a strong supporter of families, and we at CHS are confident that we will be able to make strides for children awaiting adoption in Wake and surrounding counties."
Easley, who has championed adoption and foster care, said the contribution exemplifies how AT&T has expanded its philanthropic giving in North Carolina during 2007 to help meet a variety of needs.
"Every child deserves an opportunity to grow up in a safe and stable home with parents who love and protect them," Easley said. "By supporting the Children's Home Society of North Carolina, AT&T is helping to provide more children with this opportunity and is making a difference in the lives of many families across the state."
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About the Children's Home Society of North Carolina
CHS is a statewide, non-profit, non-sectarian private adoption and foster care agency serving children and families in North Carolina since 1902. CHS is licensed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services and is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. CHS is a member of the Child Welfare League of America, Children and Family Services Association - North Carolina and the Children's Home Society of America. For more information on CHS, visit www.chsnc.org or call 1-800-632-1400.
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