[Altadena, Calif] November 22, 2017 – Local family and child services nonprofit Five Acres has successfully set a record for the world’s longest trust fall relay to raise awareness for foster care and adoption. The record, verified by RecordSetter, was set on November 1, the first day of National Adoption Month, in recognition of the more than 20,000 children awaiting permanent family solutions in Los Angeles.
“Los Angeles is currently in the midst of foster care crisis, where more children are entering the system than there are families to take them in,” said Jennifer Berger, Five Acres’ Chief Advancement Officer. “The trust fall symbolizes our belief that all children belong in the arms of a safe, loving family—and we need others to help spread the word to bring these children home.”
The world record attempt attracted 87 individuals from all over LA County as part of Five Acres’ Trust Fall Challenge, a social media campaign prompting others to share trust fall videos with the hashtag #Fall4FiveAcres. Since the campaign launched on October 17, several potential foster families have reached out to the nonprofit to learn more about foster care and adoption, but more families are still needed.
Those interested in becoming a foster/foster-adoptive parent, volunteering with or donating to Five Acres can learn more at 5acres.org/trustfall.
About Five Acres
Five Acres is a child and family service agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community-based counseling and support services, intensive residential care, a therapeutic school for special needs students and foster care and adoption services. Currently, Five Acres serves approximately 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit 5acres.org for more information.