Welcome to CAP's April 2016 E-Newsletter!
E-Newsletter: April 2016
Welcome to CAP's Spring Newsletter! Read about our upcoming spring events including the Derby Party, Volunteer Appreciation Brunch and Family Support Group with Dr. Juli Cenzi.

We welcome calls for assistance from families at any point in the adoption journey. Please call us to find out how you can lift the wait for children languishing in foster care: 585-232-5110.
Register Now for CAP's Annual Kentucky Derby Party: May 6, 2016

CAP's Derby Party is less than a month away! Register now and don't miss out on a great time for a great cause.

Get your friends together for a fun, Derby-style event that will raise money to help more waiting youth find adoptive homes.

The Derby Party will take place on Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 6-9pm, at Ballroom 384, at City Grill, on East Avenue in Rochester, NY. Guests will enjoy our version of a horse race game, silent auction, live music, mint juleps, good food, special desserts and great fun!

Silent auction teasers: Tickets to Disney World! 12 tickets for an evening with the Red Wings in President and CEO, Naomi Silver's personal suite! A round of golf for 3 people on Oak Hill Country Club's West course! Thousands of dollars worth of gift cards towards overnight packages, photography sessions, restaurants and more!
With co-emcees Scott Spezzano and Sandy Waters of 98.9 the Buzz and our guest race caller, Tony Calo from Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track!
Follow CAP's Pinterest board and our Facebook page to get ideas for fashion, hats, and what to expect at our Derby.

Register by April 22 on our website! Or RSVP by calling: 585-232-5110 (ask for David) email: david@capbook.org.
Former waiting youth who were not adopted reach out to CAP in desperation.

-Melanie Schmidt, LMSW

"When are you coming to visit me? I'm lonely."... "I don't have anywhere to go; do you think one of my old foster families will take me in?"... "Will you adopt me?"... "I can't support myself or my baby."

These are examples of the heart breaking calls Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) receives from youth formerly listed on our waiting child photolisting who have aged out of the foster care system without an adoptive family.

CAP is often the last hope for foster youth who have waited years to find a family after all typical adoption resources have been explored. CAP youth have usually come into foster care at a later age after being a victim of abuse or neglect and may have been bounced from home to home or spent time in group homes. Our waiting child photolisting offers children a chance to connect with adoptive families who will help them transition into adulthood and provide life-long love and guidance.

But what happens to the youth on CAP's website if they have not found a family by their 18th birthday? How can we help them?  READ MORE
Volunteer Appreciation Brunch 4/20/16
The work CAP does would not be possible without our committed volunteers! We would like the opportunity to thank you for helping us find homes for waiting youth. We invite you to stop in and enjoy a light brunch with the CAP staff next week Wednesday. We would love to see you again and offer our appreciation.
When: Wednesday, April 20th from 8am-1pm
Where: Five Star Bank, Flower City Community Room in City Gate, 395 Westfall Rd., Rochester, NY 14620
RSVP: Jean Blattner, 232-5110 or jean@capbook.org
Join CAP's Support Group for Adoptive Families!

Are you an adoptive family looking for support or to get to know other adoptive families?
We invite you to join CAP's Council of Adoptive Parent Support group! NEW this year: we have added social events where families can get to know each other as well as educational workshops with guest speakers. Contact Veronica Black for more information: 585-232-5110 or
Waiting Child Feature: Makenna

Birth Date: August, 2000
State: Vermont

Makenna is a beautiful, energetic and very active girl. She likes coloring, swimming, camping, singing, arts and playing games. She also loves animals, especially cats. She enjoys being around them and taking care of them.
Learn more or inquire on Makenna here
Ashley Johnson
Residential Clinician I
Hillside Children's Center
Caseworker Corner

CAP would like to give special recognition to Ashley Johnson of Hillside Children's Center! Her exceptional service and partnership with CAP has helped one of CAP's waiting foster youth find his forever family.

Ashley is a dedicated, passionate caseworker. She works with teenagers in a residential facility and understands the impact of "the wait" on our children. Ashley is delicate, yet direct in her contact with youth and works diligently for permanency. Ashley has done a great job facilitating, advocating and ensuring a smooth adoption transition for the CAP youth on her caseload.
Special thanks to Ashley for helping CAP lift the wait for the children in her care!
CAP's Teen Panel a Success!
CAP was very pleased to host our third waiting youth Teen Panel in Geneva, NY on March 8th. Each of the 6 youth who participated did an amazing job opening up about their experience in foster care. The youth articulately expressed their need for support and permanency. They were honest about their difficult experience and educated prospective families about the needs and desires of foster youth. The children were empowered by the opportunity to have their perspective heard and respected. CAP is looking forward to hosting more teen panels that empower youth and give them a chance to connect with interested adoptive families. 
Upcoming Events
  • Volunteer Appreciation Brunch 
Let us show our appreciation! Wednesday, April 20th from 8am-1pm at Five Star Bank, Flower City Community Room in City Gate, 395 Westfall Rd., Rochester, NY 14620. RSVP: Jean Blattner, 232-5110 or jean@capbook.org 
  • Council of Adoptive Parents Support Group

4/25/16: Council of Adoptive Parents Support Group: Meeting at the CAP office at 274 North Goodman Street at 6pm. Well known Psychiatrist, Juli Cenzi  will provide information on how to manage challenging behaviors.

Please RSVP to Veronica Black at (585) 232-5110 or email Veronica

*Childcare will be provided*
About the Group: CAP's support group for adoptive parents is held t he last Tuesday of every mont h.  The group includes educational resources for parenting adopted youth (at any age and stage) as well as fun, family events where families can build relationships with other adoptive parents. New families & their children are always welcome!
  • Derby Party: May 6th 6-9pm
Join us for a Kentucky Derby-themed event that will help CAP find adoptive homes for waiting children and support the families that adopt them! Register or find out more here http://www.childrenawaitingparents.org/CAPsKentuckyDerby.asp

  • Foster Care Training: Thursday, May 12th 
CAP will host MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) classes for families interested in providing foster care, starting on Thursday, May 12th. Please register in advance by contacting: Veronica Black: 585-232-5110 or veronica@capbook.org

  • Adoption Information Meeting
Interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent? CAP hosts general information meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at our  Office: 274 N. Goodman St.,  Rochester, NY 14607  (Inside the Children's Institute).  Learn all you need to know about foster care adoption, the process and how to get started ! Please  RSVP to Veronica at 585-232-5110 or veronica@capbook.org  
Children Awaiting Parents | 274 N. Goodman St., Ste. D-103, Rochester, NY 14607 |
 585-232-5110 or 1-888-835-8802 |  info@capbook.org | www.ChildrenAwaitingParents.org