ROCKPORT, Maine, June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the last three years, CedarWorks has worked with the National Foster Parents Association (NFPA) to award playsets to deserving foster families. The Play It Forward contest is a way to support dedicated foster families and to acknowledge the importance of play for children's development. All kids benefit from active play, but for many foster families getting to a playground can be challenge. Providing a family with a swing set or playset brings active play to their backyard.
Every year, NFPA member foster families can apply to win a CedarWorks playset. With input from NFPA, applicants are narrowed down to those families who are truly extraordinary - fostering children with special needs, organizing support for other foster families, or taking in multiple siblings.
"We developed the program to help those families who truly go above and beyond to help children," says Barrett Brown, president of CedarWorks. "The families we recognize all work incredibly hard to create safe, loving homes for children who face many difficulties. We are honored to be a part of that."
This year CedarWorks awarded playsets to three deserving families who meet challenges everyday with kindness and love. One family adopted six siblings to make sure the brothers and sisters could all stay together, another family has taken in children who have gone through high levels of trauma and a third takes in children who have behavioral issues. All of them emphasize the importance of creating a home for the kids in their care that provides a sense of safety as well as a sense of fun and play.
One Play it Forward recipient says, "We have foster kids ages 6 down to age 2. All of them are from various backgrounds and tough experiences and they all need the escape to run free and play and be kids... This play structure opens up so much fun and free time for them to let out their energy and enjoy their days!"
As part of its commitment to creating a healthier world for children, CedarWorks donates 10% of its profits to organizations that benefit children and the environment. Play It Forward is one of three giving programs it administers. For more information on CedarWorks' Giving Programs, including Play It Forward, visit https://www.cedarworks.com/giving-back.
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