This prom season, the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents (CAFAP) will give 150 foster and adoptive girls statewide a dress of her dreams. In doing so, CAFAP is having the “Avenue of Dreams” Prom Dress, Makeup and Accessory Drive from now until February 28th 2014.
Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, Inc. (CAFAP) is a statewide nonprofit organization providing training, advocacy, and support services to foster and adoptive parents in Connecticut. Each year, CAFAP hosts the “Avenue of Dreams,” where foster and adopted teen girls can enjoy a prom inspired day with their foster, adoptive or legal moms. The girls are provided with free makeovers and select from an array of dresses, shoes and accessories. Also, the girls attend a motivational workshop about fulfilling their dreams. At the end of the event, each girl receives a portrait, taken by a professional photographer and a gift bag filled with new makeup, hair and body products. There are also some funny t shirts for men, so the girls can present them to their boyfriends. Margaret Doherty, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents adds, “It is a day of magic and inspiration. The girls transform into smiling, glamorous and self-assure young women when they pose before the cameras. Everyone has fun.”
In order to ensure that the event is a success, CAFAP is requesting donations for the Avenue of Dreams Prom Dress, Makeup and Accessory drive. Donation items include new or gently used prom or bridesmaid dresses, shoes, accessories and new makeup or body products. We are also seeking service providers from the hair and makeup industries to provide makeovers during the event. Donations can be dropped off at the CAFAP office located at 2189 Silas Deane Highway Rocky Hill, CT 06067 and at participating dress drive holders statewide.
For more information please call Kareemah Muhammad, Outreach Coordinator at 860-258-3400 or visit the organizations’ website at www.cafap.com.