Last Friday we gathered in downtown Puyallup's Anthem Coffee & Tea for an organization called One Child. Their purpose is to raise awareness about foster care. Some stats that they shared:
- In Washington state there are over 8,000 foster children.
- 75% of them are separated from a sibling.
- 55% of them return home to a parent, 29% find permanency through adoption.
- Each year, over 400 children "age out" of foster care meaning they reach the age of 18 having never been adopted or found a permanent place to call home.
Since this was Dan's first solo show debuting his new music we decided to keep BB out late so he could see Dan play. The place was packed, BB was as vivacious as ever and I snapped a few photos. We put the boy in his pajamas and the stroller and he watched daddy play with wide eyes and a smile. Afterward both boys got lost in their cell phones and we headed home for a 90 minute later than usual bed time. I'm glad we did it - for the amazing hospitality of Anthem, for the experiment in keeping BB out late and for this great cause.
If you'd like to learn more about One Child or are interested in becoming a foster-parent, click here.