Somerset adoption advocates work to place aging kids

Adoption advocates in Somerset are hoping to find a place for aging foster children at risk of reaching adulthood without a family.

First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens hosted an event Friday as part of the "100 Waiting Children for Adoption" initiative. Organizers have a list of 100 children aging out of foster care and a mission to find homes and families for them.

"We're not just gonna boot you out once money stops or subsidies stop," says Darrell Armstrong, director of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. "Clearly even at 18 most kids are not ready to be on their own."

The event corresponded with the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Organizers say their goal is in keeping with King's fight for social causes.

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