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Hapeville church sponsors foster care awareness event

Hapeville First UMC & Wellroot Family Services hosts meet-and-greet at local brewery

EAST POINT, Ga. — The city of Hapeville has quite the history of supporting foster childcare and adoption. Jess Lucas Teen Park was once the home of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. The original Hapeville campus relocated to Palmetto, Georgia in 1968.

The United Methodist Church has had a long history with foster care that stretches back to the 1800s and as society grew and evolved so did the support systems.

Wellroot Family Services which was originally named United Methodist Children’s Home, and has long embraced a strong commitment to child welfare over the past 147 years itself. Their recent name change was in an effort to eliminate any unintentional bias or stigma as the organization grew in its reach.

Wellroot expanded its services to reach more children through transitional and independent living, and family housing programs. Wellroot holds weekly meetups to encourage the dialogue of foster care and adoption in the greater metro Atlanta area as well as statewide.

Pastor J.R. Atkins from the Hapeville First United Methodist Church was more than willing to help arrange the Hapeville event at popular local brewery, Arches this week. For more information about the Wellroot Foster Care Info Meetings, visit their website for a calendar of upcoming dates.

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