The Bluebird Parade for Children in Foster Care

“Bluebird Kids” by Cynthia Burke

The Bluebird Parade for Children in Foster Care is online! A flock of fabulous and unique works of art – just like our kids.

WEEKLY RAFFLE DRAWING WINNERS

Once a week throughout the contest, we held raffle drawings for bluebird artists on our Facebook page. Each week, three artists won $25 gift cards from one of our sponsors. Congratulations!

Monday, May 10

  • Debra Prum — MarieBette Café & Bakery
  • Diane Brownlee — Gearharts Fine Chocolates
  • Chris Shedd — HotCakes Gourmet

Tuesday, May 18

  • Max’s Birdhouses — MarieBette Café & Bakery
  • Chris Madres — HotCakes
  • Heather Brad Evans Ostrowski — Whimsies

Monday, May 24

  • Robin McElwee — MarieBette Café & Bakery
  • Cynthia Burke — HotCakes Gourmet
  • Kathless Pieslor — Gearharts Find Chocolates

Monday, May 31

  • Julie Joyce — Gearharts Fine Chocolates
  • Joanne Ollom — HotCakes Gourmet
  • Gray Ryan — Whimsies

ABOUT BLUEBIRD ART & ARTISTS

Beginning in April, folks from all around the community created unique bluebird works of art for the parade. Generous and talented artists, kids, families, and organizations sent them to: bluebird@pcasa.org

Every year is different – so we never know what fabulous bluebirds will join The Bluebird Parade for Children in Foster Care.

ARTWORK
Email a photo of your bluebird art in a PNG or JPG format
MUSIC OR VIDEO
Email your file in MP4 format, or send a link to it
POETRY OR PROSE
Attach it as a PDF, or send an audio version in WAV or MP3

WHO WON THE VOTE FOR FAVORITE BLUEBIRD ARTISTS?

Congratulations to our winners of the popular vote for favorite bluebird artist! All the Amazon Gift Card prizes are thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville!

FIRST PLACE$200 Amazon Gift Card
Kathleen Pieslor for “Kingfisher Bluebird”

SECOND PLACE$100 Amazon Gift Card
Erika Lu for “Bluebird Birthday Cake”

THIRD PLACE$50 Amazon Gift Card
Robin McElwee for “With Brave Wings Now Fly”

HONORABLE MENTION$25 Amazon Gift Card
AKtion Club for “It Takes a Bluebird Village”

WHAT WERE THE PRIZES?

PRIZES FOR THE FAVORITE BLUEBIRD ARTIST CONTEST WERE AMAZON GIFT CARDS These prizes were possible thanks to our generous sponsor, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville. See bar above for winners.
—-FIRST – $200 Amazon Gift Card
—-SECOND – $100 Amazon Gift Card
—-THIRD – $50 Amazon Gift Card

RAFFLE PRIZES
Everyone who submitted a bluebird work of art had a chance to win a raffle prize. We gave away twelve $25 gift cards from MarieBette Cafe & Bakery, Gearharts Fine Chocolates, HotCakes Gourmet, and Whimsies. The drawings were held live on our Facebook page on these dates:
—-Monday, May 10, at 7:00 PM
—-Tuesday, May 18, , at 7:00 PM
—-Monday, May 24, at 7:00 PM
—-Monday, May 31, , at 7:00 PM

MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH

Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents“. Learn more about National Foster Care Month 2021 on their website: https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/

The 2021 Bluebird Parade for Foster Children was sponsored by (the fabulous) Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville

In place of the annual Dogwood Pancake Breakfast, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville was proud to support Piedmont CASA and The Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Coalition–FCAAC–in this project to raise awareness and to benefit the foster children of our community.

Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville Logo

On May 1, Gearharts brought out their popular Limited Edition Bluebird Chocolates. Beginning May 7, MarieBette was all aflutter with bluebirds on their cakes and breads. It was all in generous support of The Bluebird Parade and our kids in foster care.

See and hear all the bluebirds from the 2020 Bluebird Parade in the video below:

How The Bluebird Parade Began…

During National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, you’ll often see blue pinwheels displayed around town. They represent the importance of communities working together to strengthen our families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The following month is National Foster Care Month – so May blooms with blue ribbons signifying support for children in the foster care system.
The Bluebird Parade evolved from these important acknowledgements of the struggles of our vulnerable families and children. Each year in April, we ask the community to donate bluebird works of art, one to represent each child in foster care. And each year our community responds. Artists, families, children, and organizations create an amazing array of inspiring bluebirds. In May, all the artworks flock together for the Bluebird Parade for Children in Foster Care.
The Bluebird Parade used to take place on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall during the First Friday in May. But when the pandemic arrived in 2020, we moved the parade online – and expanded our bluebird flock to include music, videos, poetry, and prose. Taking the bluebirds online also meant we could cherish the artworks in a video that is posted and viewed year round.
Thank you to everyone who creates these wonderful bluebirds, and allows us to share them with the world. Most of all, thank you for helping to raise awareness for our kids in foster care. These children will help build the future of our community, but right now their future depends on us.

Meet the organizations behind the Bluebird Parade for Foster Children

UMFS

UMFS is an unwavering champion for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential.

PIEDMONT CASA

Piedmont CASA is on a mission to champion and restore children and youth whose lives have been compromised by abuse and neglect.

PEOPLE PLACES

Fostering resilience in children and families so they can thrive.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS AT PVCC

We provide resources, tools, information and guidance to empower our participants in reaching their educational and career goals.

DEPAUL COMMUNITY RESOURCES

We work to ensure safety, promote permanency, facilitate healing, and support independence for the children and families we serve.

CHARLOTTESVILLE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

We work to protect children and adults from abuse and neglect and to promote and support the development of healthy families.

COMMUNITY ATTENTION FOSTER FAMILIES – CAFF

Our mission is to
provide short-term, long-term, and permanent homes for children of all ages while they
maintain connections to their families and community.

ALBEMARLE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

We provide services that promote self-sufficiency and support individual and family well-being. 

The Bluebird Project

Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Coalition logo.

The Bluebird Project is a creation of the Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Coalition, which is comprised of these organizations: Community Attention Foster Families (CAFF), the Departments of Social Services in Albemarle and Charlottesville, DePaul Community Resources, Great Expectations, PeoplePlaces, Piedmont CASA, and UMFS.