Family Fall Festival
Originating in 2007, the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Family Fall Festival is an annual event that brings all members of CYF foster families out for a day of fun, food and education. The Festival takes place in the parking lot of the CYF Lexington Regional Office in Point Breeze. CYF foster parents and all their children are invited to enjoy a morning snack, a hot lunch and festival foods like popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. Activities focus on Olympic style competitions in art, academic and athletic abilities. Young winners take home prizes and a feeling of accomplishment. Vendors of services for children and families are invited to display their wares and offer information to interested parents. Parents earn foster parent training hours based on this. Vendors also typically bring giveaways and engaging activities for participants. Entertainment and door prizes, donated by foster parents, retail establishments or purchased by CYF, round out the day’s festivities. Despite all this frivolity, at the end of the day, bonding between parents and children within foster families and across foster families may be the most valuable outcome of this unique event.