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Foster care campaign gains CU supports across U.S.

November 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (11/2/15)--Five credit unions from across the country have adopted a program that aims to find permanent homes for children in the foster care system.

Taking the lead from SECU, Raleigh, N.C., four additional credit unions are looking to partner with their respective state departments of health and human services to display exhibits that provide information both on individual foster children and on the process to adopt them.

The credit unions that have taken on this effort, called Heart Gallery, are:

  • Pima FCU, Tucson, Ariz.;
  • Peach State FCU, Lawrenceville, Ga.;
  • Greenville (S.C.) FCU; and
  • TNConnect CU, Knoxville, Tenn.

“Pima FCU plans to partner with Arizona’s Department of Child Safety to aid in the mission of finding stable and permanent homes for our state’s foster youth,” said Nathanael Tarwasokono, Pima president/CEO. “Recent foster care statistics reveal that nearly 17,000 Arizona children are in out-of-home care and thousands never achieve permanency through adoption. The credit union’s involvement is simple and straightforward, but the results for these foster youth can be life changing.”

Added Marshall Boutwell, president/CEO, Peach State FCU: “We hope to make a positive difference for Georgia’s foster children through Heart Gallery participation in all branch locations. Our digital displays will give these youth much-needed exposure to help them connect with a permanent family, while bringing a greater awareness to foster care and adoption.”