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Georgia's First Lady says foster children need help

June 7, 2005

Albany-- Mary Perdue came to town Tuesday to ask businesses for more help setting up foster care programs. The Governor's wife visited "Megan's House", a care and support facility for handicapped children and their families.

Mary Perdue said it was the kind of community support needed to help Georgia's children. Perdue launched the "First Lady's Our Children Campaign" two years ago, seeking corporate and faith based organizations to find more foster homes for children.

"We have over 16,000 children in foster care, and I see people beginning to say well I can do something," she said. "We want to make it easy for them to get involved."

Mary and Sonny Perdue have served as foster parents since 1998. She is asking corporations to adopt group homes, and allow spending benefits to employees who serve as foster parents.