Annual 5K on Nov. 9 will benefit families, children in foster care
by Sally Litchfield
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Connie McManus, center, a board member with Cobb County Foster & Protective Parents Association, enjoys visiting ‘Junior,’ with foster parents Daniel Horowitz, left, and Rita Patel at Eastside Baptist Church & School on Lower Roswell Road.  <br> staff/Jeff Stanton
Connie McManus, center, a board member with Cobb County Foster & Protective Parents Association, enjoys visiting ‘Junior,’ with foster parents Daniel Horowitz, left, and Rita Patel at Eastside Baptist Church & School on Lower Roswell Road.
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Laurie Strother, right, of Kennesaw has supper with adopted son Alec Strother, 14, at Eastside Baptist Church & School on Lower Roswell Road.
Laurie Strother, right, of Kennesaw has supper with adopted son Alec Strother, 14, at Eastside Baptist Church & School on Lower Roswell Road.
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Run, Foster! Run! The Cobb County Foster & Adoptive Parents Association 2nd Annual 5K Race will be Nov. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at Town Center Mall in Kennesaw. The volunteer, nonprofit organization supports children in the foster care system in Cobb County, and the families who care for and protect them.

The event includes food, drinks and music at the post-race party. Participants will also get T-shirts. Pre-registration is $20, and the fee is $25 after Nov. 6. Proceeds will benefit the association.

County Foster & Adoptive Parents Association, a 25-year-old organization, encourages people in Cobb County to experience the rewards of becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The group provides support to foster and adoptive parents through education, advocacy, and other community, state, and national resources.

“Our main focus is to take care of, love and protect the children that come into care,” said John Silvey, president of Cobb County FAPA. Silvey has two grown stepchildren with his wife, Beth.

After Silvey and his wife were unable to conceive, they became foster parents. “We were actually going into fostering to adopt,” said Silvey, managing partner of a Zaxby’s on Lower Roswell Road.

The Silveys planned on adopting a schoolage boy to carry on the family name. However, in December 2009, they received 16-day-old twin foster girls from a broken home.

“In May 23, 2011, we adopted those girls,” said Silvey, the proud father of Hannah and Haley, age 3 ½.

The Silveys were one of about 80 to 90 homes that take care of approximately 300 children per year.

The association is in need of homes to meet different needs of foster children such as bilingual, multiple siblings and teens.

Monetary donations are also critical for day-to-day extras like outings that a foster family might not be able to afford.

“We want to feel normal,” he said.

“(Foster & Adoptive Parents Association) changes the lives of the children we take care of,” Silvey said.

The Town Center Mall is at 400 Ernest W Barrett Parkway NW, Kennesaw.

To help the association, sign up to run at runfosterrun.webs.com/apps/auth/signup. To learn more, visit cobbcountyfapa.org.

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