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New Canaan Hosts Info Session On Foster Parenting, Adoption

Deb Kelleher, now the executive director and co-founder of the Annie C. Courtney Foundation, is held as an infant by her grandmother, Anna Caroline Guidelinis Courtney, after whom the nonprofit was named.
Deb Kelleher, now the executive director and co-founder of the Annie C. Courtney Foundation, is held as an infant by her grandmother, Anna Caroline Guidelinis Courtney, after whom the nonprofit was named. Photo Credit: Annie C. Courtney Foundation

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- People interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents can find the guidance they need at an upcoming event in New Canaan hosted by the Annie C. Courtney Foundation.

The nonprofit group, whose aim is to help families and individuals navigate the child welfare system, will be holding a free, informational meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at the Grace Community Church, 365 Lukes Wood Road.

Foundation staff will talk about licensing requirements, individual children available for immediate placement, and give participants an overview of the child welfare system.

They will also discuss foster care agencies and help match them up with families and individuals.

The foundation 's executive director and co-founder, Deb Kelleher, named it after her grandmother Anna Caroline Gudelinis Courtney, who had to raise her seven other siblings after her parents died.

Kelleher, who grew up to work with foster, adoptive, and "kinship" families, has adopted three children herself.

For more information, contact the foundation by calling (475) 235-2184, or visit its website by clicking here .

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