As part of National Adoption Awareness Month, Kinship Center hosted an afternoon of celebration, fun, family connection, and community support this past Sunday, November 13, at the Tustin Senior Center. Hundreds of adoptive families gathered to share their successes and enjoy live music, food, entertainment, magic, games and prizes at the annual Kinship Celebration.
Above, some of the dozens of staff and volunteers who lent their hands prepare decorations and favors for the 400-500 Kinship Center families who come from throughout Southern California each year for the event. Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante, at right, read the National Adoption Awareness Month Presidential Proclamation and welcomed guests, including young Jenna and Matthew, whose adoptive parents addressed special guests at a pre-event reception that also honored the Orange County Fair Board and Chairman Dave Ellis (below with wife Christine), for showcasing the needs of children who have been part of Orange County’s child welfare system.
A highlight of the afternoon was a special tribute to Officer Khaya Breskin of the City of Tustin’s Community Impact Team, who has helped bring safety and resources to Kinship Center families. Shown below with Kinship Center Division Director Allison Maxon and Captain Charlie Celano, Administative Services Bureau Commander, Breskin (center) has demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving the quality of life through her commitment to the community.
Kinship Center salutes these 'Kinship Heroes' and expresses special thanks to the City of Tustin, to our local Kinship Center Board members, to the Kinship Center Auxiliary, to hardworking staff and volunteers, and to all the families who have created second chances and new beginnings for children.