Children in foster care ask: "Raise Me Up"

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Nine year old Alex is a handsome boy who loves sports and anything outdoors. His favorite subjects in school are math and reading. Alex says he likes that he&#39;s smart and funny and has a lot of friends because of it. He loves to laugh. His favorite foods are pizza and fried chicken but he&#39;s not too fond of vegetables. When Alex grows up he would like to be a pro football player or maybe a firefighter. But first he would like to find a family to call his own. If you have a completed home study and would like to open your heart and home to Alex, please contact Donna Kilpatrick at 215.683.6303  Photographer: David Fonda  Related Link: The &#34;Raise Me Up&#34; website</span></div>
September 22, 2009 3:52:52 PM PDT
Under the lights of Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services launched a campaign to ensure young people in foster care have unlimited opportunities.It's called "Raise Me Up."

RELATED LINK: The "Raise Me Up" website

The DHS joined forces with Casey Family Programs, a foundation devoted to improving foster care in America. Casey designed the "Raise Me Up" campaign, which promises to show everyday people how they can lift up and improve the lives of abused and neglected young people.

6,000 children in foster care live in Philadelphia.

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Helping to launch the campaign was Eagles first round draft pick Jeremy Maclin.

He told those gathered at the Linc about his life growing up in a poor, violent neighborhood in Missouri.

"I wanted to come out here and tell everyone that it is possible to change a guy's life. It is possible to change a young girl's life, regardless of what circumstances they grew up in," Maclin said.

He told the crowd how a woman named Cindy Parres and her family took him into their home and helped him escape a childhood of neglect and emotional abuse.

"I don't know where I'd be today if it wasn't for the people who came into my life and helped me be successful," he continued.

Three new public service announcements are airing, designed to remind us all that we don't have to actually raise a child to improve his or her life.

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"These are our children, and they're not going anywhere. Their futures are determined by what adults do or don't do," said Mayor Michael Nutter.

The ads will air on network and cable stations for two months and will be accompanied by outdoor and online ads over the same period of time.


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