Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 4, 2013

Blue ribbon event for foster care awareness

Lamp posts from 13th to 18th Street to be festooned

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

ASHLAND — Light posts along Winchester Avenue in downtown will be tied with blue ribbons on Monday for the month of May, which is Foster Care Awareness Month.

For Jamie’s Sake, a local nonprofit that works to support and raise awareness of children in foster care, is sponsoring the event.

For Jamie’s Sake co-founder Lee Ann Gollihue said anyone is invited to attend the event, which will kick off at noon. The group will travel together, from Judd Plaza placing a blue ribbon on each lamp post from 13th Street to 18th Street on Winchester Avenue.

“There are thousands of children who are languishing in the foster care system. This month is to heighten the awareness of kids in foster care and their journey and what happens when they age out of foster care. I don’t think people know, there are so many that are available for adoption. They are legal orphans,” said Gollihue. “We all need to do a better job — everyone in the community — to give these children a voice,” said added.

Fostercaremonth.org reports that each year the American foster care system sees approximately 380,000 children and youth under the age of 18. Each year, 26,200 children age out of the system without a lifelong family.

Gollihue encouraged members of the public to attend Monday’s event, which will include a lunch of Zanzi’s Pizza following the ribbon placement. She also extended her thanks to the City of Ashland for allowing the ribbons to be placed on Winchester Avenue.

Ribbons are being provided by Country Garden Florist of Summit.

For more information, call For Jamie’s Sake at (606) 327-5511 or (606) 327-0017 or visit forjamiesake.org

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or by email at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com.