ATLANTA -- An event is being held Thursday night to highlight the need for foster care, as National Foster Care month continues through the end of May.

“There is a growing need for families willing to open their hearts and homes to children and teenagers who have been removed from their families because of neglect or abuse," said Nonyem Nwabuoku-Drayton, regional director of Bethany Christian Services. "These children need a loving family who will walk with them during a time of crisis and welcome them unconditionally into a caring home.

"The highest-priority need is for foster homes for sibling groups and children from minority groups.”

Bethany Christian Services and First Congregational Church are holding the event May 17 from 6-8:30 pm at the Commons, located on the campus of First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street in Atlanta.

Speakers include Keith Bostick, deputy director of the Georgia Department of Family & Children’s Services. A choir and orchestra will also perform.