Foster parenting event to be held at Wilmington Plaza Cinema with superhero film

WILMINGTON — Clinton County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) and Clinton County Job & Family Services are teaming up with Wilmington Plaza Cinema 5 to address the need for CASA volunteers and local foster parents at the premiere of “SHAZAM!”, the new DC superhero film opening the weekend of April 5.

A 14-year-old foster child discovers he has superpowers in the movie, “SHAZAM!”. Clinton County CASA and Clinton County Job and Family Services – Child Protection Unit, which oversees CASA volunteers and foster care placements in Clinton County, will be in the lobby of Wilmington Plaza Cinema 5 on the film’s opening weekend to provide information about foster parenting and CASA volunteer advocacy to people inspired by the positive message of the movie.

Collection boxes will allow movie-goers to bring wipes, diapers and pull-ups to go directly to local foster children, and family-friendly superhero activities will make it a fun outing for everyone, states a media release.

Similar events have been organized across the country around the film’s opening by Be A Hero 4 Kids, a volunteer organization seeking to build awareness of the critical need for more foster homes.

“‘SHAZAM!’ is going to reach millions of people around the country,” said Be A Hero 4 Kids founder Amanda Ennis. “Foster children watching the film can see someone like them saving the world. And adults may watch it, think about offering a home to a child like Billy or his foster siblings, and then when they leave the theater, they can speak to someone who can answer questions and get them on the road to providing a safe and loving home to a child.”

“Join Clinton County CASA and Clinton County Job & Family Services – Child Protection Unit for a family-friendly event with activities for the children,” the release adds.

EDITOR’S NOTE — This media release was contributed by Clinton County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) and Clinton County Job & Family Services.