Catholic Charities sets regional seminars on orphans, adoption

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is inviting people throughout central Illinois to “Be the Answer” for children around the world who have been orphaned.

As a member of the Joint Council of International Child Services, Catholic Charities has prepared a two-hour seminar that will be presented at five locations throughout the diocese in July and August. The goal is to raise awareness of the orphan crisis in the United States and abroad, and offer practical ways that people can help — including becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Dates, times and locations for the seminars are:

— Tuesday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 4703 44th St., Rock Island. Register with Katrina Kainz at (309) 786-0770, by July 12.
— Saturday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 815 Second St., LaSalle. Call Sara Oelschlager at (815) 223-4007 to register by July 14.
— Tuesday, July 20, at 6 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1315A Curt Drive, Champaign. The deadline for registration is July 16. Call Jamie Hadady at (217) 352-5179.
— Wednesday, July 21, at 6 p.m. at Catholic Charities in Bloomington, 603 Center St. Jennifer Walls, (309) 829-6307, is taking registrations through July 18.
— The final session will be held Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. at Catholic Charities in Peoria, 4806 N. Sheridan Road. Contact Millicent Carroll at (309) 682-6258 to register by Aug. 17.

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