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Adoption trust awards $20K to local group

The Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund has awarded $95,000 for six projects to support adoption and permanency in B.C. — five of which are specifically directed towards assisting First Nations communities.

Included is Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services of Kamloops, which will receive $20,000 to promote adoption and permanency arrangements for Métis youth who have been in foster care for a significant part of their lives.

The independent trust fund was established in 2003 by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to help British Columbia’s children and youth who are awaiting adoption or other permanent connections.

The trust fund is managed by the Victoria Foundation.

In 2009, it was re-named after Lex Reynolds to honour the late lawyer and children’s advocate — and adoptive father — who was the fund’s founding co-chair.

The permanent endowment generates money to support organizations and individuals in finding and helping to maintain lifelong connections for BC’s children and youth.

As of Aug. 31, the MCFD reported there were 8,133 children and youth in care in B.C. More than 1,000 of them are waiting for a permanent family.

Since 2003, $821,500 has been awarded to 156 projects across the province. These include 17 mini-grants of $1,500 each distributed earlier this year.

To make a donation or to learn more about the Lex Reynolds Adoption and Permanency Trust Fund, go online to connectingforlife.ca or call the Victoria Foundation at 250-381-5532.

 

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