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Revere Beach Restaurant Hosts Brunch and Foster Care Information Session

REVERE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A restaurant in Revere hosted an Easter-themed event that provided insight into fostering and adoption at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Upon entering Antonia’s At The Beach on Sunday, guests were greeted by the Easter Bunny with soft live jazz music echoing through the room. The brunch-time event was part of DCF’s efforts to educate the public about the importance of foster parents and how safe environments can give children the chance to heal.

“What people need to know about the Foster Care program is how important it is to give these children some stability, and that’s what it takes – someone to believe in a child and put his background aside,” the music teacher and band member said. Brenda Keen. Keen was also a teacher at Malden Public Schools for thirty years.

According to the DCF, potential foster parents can be single, married, in a relationship, divorced or widowed and live in rented or owned accommodation.

Antonia shared a preview of the event on Facebook, in a video that shows a group jamming and cooking live in front of customers.

Keen recalled the positive impact DCF programs had on her students and the benefits they had.

“To give these kids a chance to instill some confidence in them, to let them know there’s something better out there, anything to spread the word and raise money that can be injected back into the program,” Keen said.

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DCF says it aims to protect children from abuse and neglect, as well as support young adults between the ages of 18 and 22 as they transition from DCF care to independent living. The government organization also says it holds weekly information sessions to connect would-be foster parents with the resources they might need.

WBZ’s Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.