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August 9, 2005

Albany - 16,000 children are in foster care in Georgia, but there aren't enough families to help these kids. Georgia's First Lady Mary Perdue visited Albany Tuesday as part of the statewide "Our Children Campaign." She urging Georgians to become foster parents or donate money to groups that help these kids.

"The agencies of our state government can do many things and provide many services, but they can not do it alone. With more than 16,000 children in foster care, we have just over 4,000 foster families across the state. That's a big gap," said Mary Perdue, Georgia's First Lady.

80-percent of children in foster care were neglected or abused, and some must live in youth homes until they grow up.

Perdue also encouraged businesses and faith based organization to become a "Champion for Children," which requires certain monetary donations and dedication to foster children. Phoebe Putney Hospital is a "Champion for Children" in this area.

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