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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2007

Kinship Care Coalition Event dedicates New Resource Book to
Local Community Activist, LaFrancine Lewis

Dayton, Ohio-Dayton's Kinship Care Coalition is sponsoring a Kinship Family Fair, Saturday, August 18 at the United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Trotwood, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. More than one hundred children and their Kinship Caregivers are registered to attend the free event that will include children's activities, swimming, food, workshops, and the release of a new resource book

Reflections of a Caregiver, A Resource Guide Inspired by the Life of LaFrancine Lewis, a new book for kinship caregivers will be discussed and handed out free to participants.

LaFrancine Lewis was a local community activist who was involved with the Dayton Urban League, and was herself a grandparent raising her grandchildren. She was heavily involved with the local Kinship Care Coalition as well as many other organizations.

The book is an excellent resource of help for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. It is a collaborative effort by the Lewis Family, Wright State's Center for Healthy Communities, Community Action Partnership, Dayton Urban League, Parents Advancing in Choice and Education (PACE), and United Way.

"This project has received amazing support in the community, with organizations coming forward with funds to support the creation of the book which will be available for free to grandparents raising grandchildren," states Kate Cauley, Co-director for the Center for Healthy Communities.

Kinship caregivers are relatives who are raising children other than their own. It is estimated that grandparents and other kinship caregivers are raising more than 4.5 million children across the nation.
Community support for the Family Kinship Fair is generously provided by local merchants Chick-Fil-A and City Barbeque, and organizations including: Center for Healthy Communities, Kinship Caregiver Coalition, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Physician Charitable Foundation, and United Theological Seminary.

For more information about the event or Kinship Caregivers, contact Dionne Henderson, project coordinator for the Center for Healthy Communities at (937) 775-1116.
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