Christians 4 Kids hopes children get adopted in 9th annual event

Project Zero
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: Project Zero)
(Source: Project Zero)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The 9th annual Project Zero Disney Extravaganza takes place Saturday in Little Rock.

The event connects children waiting to be adopted with families wanting to adopt.

Christian 4 Kids Recruitment Coordinator Nicole Potts admits that the concept sounds strange to some.

"It is a little different but it's beautiful," Potts said. "They'll say to you 'hey, will you adopt me? I'm adoptable.' They just desperately want a mom or dad. So when they're doing that and saying those kinds of things, it doesn't sound so odd to have a party so they can meet a mom and dad."

Christians 4 Kids will take roughly 30 kids from the Region 8 area to the event.

According to Project Zero, 214 kids are expected to attend. They say it's a record number.

This year, the goal is to connect 50 children with forever families. At the 8th annual Disney Extravaganza last year, 20 children were connected with new families.

Potts has been a foster mom for seven years. She said she knows how difficult it can be for children to be adopted.

"The number is growing, as far as how many kids are adoptable," Potts said. "I remember back in the day, there were 400 adoptable children and now there's over 750. But I also know that there are success stories often that I see."

Potts said even if 50 children are adopted Saturday, the need for foster and adoptive families is still there.

Next week, Christians 4 Kids will be signing up families who are interested in foster care or adoption.

That will take place Monday, June 6 at 6:30 at the Christians 4 Kids location at 2604 South Madison Street.

Tuesday, Potts said they'll be signing up volunteers who want to help with children in foster care.

Potts said they've just started signing up volunteers, but the need is great as volunteers often help with transporting children to where they need to go.

"To help kind of take some of the burden off of the workers," Potts said. "Unfortunately there may be a child in Greene County that needs to be placed in Pulaski County."

Once volunteers are vetted and approved through Little Rock, they are added to the list of volunteers willing to help

Right now, Potts said they have seven volunteers.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, you can sign up at the Christians 4 Kids location on Tuesday, June 7.

To RSVP to either sign-up event, email Christians4kids@gmail.com.

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