KidsPeace to Host ‘Blue Ribbon Festival’ to Support Foster Care Activities and Celebrate Maine Foster Families

PORTLAND KidsPeace Foster Care will hold its first Blue Ribbon Festival at Congress Square Park in Portland on Thursday, May 12 from 5-7 p.m. The family event will feature music and comedy as well as food and children’s activities, and is free and open to the public.

May is National Foster Parent Month and KidsPeace’s Blue Ribbon Festival marks the occasion by celebrating its dedicated foster parents. The event will also highlight the need for more foster homes across Maine; Organizers note that last year the state had some 2,200 children in the foster care system, but only 1,700 foster homes licensed to care for them.

The Blue Ribbon Festival will include:

· Music by The Bambinos of Portland (Ada Bonnevie, Anthony Branca, Dominic Grosso and Max Heinz)

A performance by actress (and former foster child) Micaela Tepler

Art exercises for kids by KidsPeace art therapy clinician Kat Shoro

· Food will be available for purchase during the event.

The festival takes its name from the tradition of displaying blue ribbons in support of foster children. The outdoor event will be postponed in case of bad weather.

For 140 years, KidsPeace has relied on its expertise to bring hope, help and healing to children, adults and those who love them. Through its full range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; A unique psychiatric hospital, foster home, and community programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform, and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood, and gain independence. Since opening, nearly 300,000 children have participated in one of the many programs offered by KidsPeace.

For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or donate, please visit www.kidspeace.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org or on Twitter @KidsPeace.

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