Foster, adoption center to open in Alpharetta

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A new development aims to be a respite for foster children.

The Kalen Center began construction at 231 Vaughan Drive in Alpharetta, just off Ga. 9, where it will house Giving Children a Chance (GCAC), Dreamweavers of Georgia and Moeller and Associates, a behavioral health counselling service. All three are dedicated to helping foster children and their families.

“This center will be a state-of-the-art healing center,” said Fred Moeller, of Dreamweavers and Moeller and Associates. “We want it to be a shining star in North Atlanta.”

All three groups will be housed in the 17,500-square-foot, three-story building, on about 1 acre of land.

The building will feature meeting rooms for children and their families, including areas where parents can meet with children, play areas and parental instruction facilities.

In addition to offices and care facilities, the top floor of the building is expected to be a training center not just for the employees but for other businesses that can rent it out for training purposes.

“We can get everything under one roof,” said Jennifer Hudson, of GCAC.

Dreamweavers is a nonprofit and raises money for foster children in state care to pay for things the state does not provide – such as braces, field trips, Christmas presents and tutoring.

GCAC is a private child placement agency that provides foster care and adoption services throughout Georgia.

The name of the building – “Kalen” – comes from one of the Dreamweavers foster children, whose middle name is Kalen. It means “keeper of the keys,” a name Moeller said was fitting for the building.

“Our mission has grown.” Moeller said. “We want to do more. We want to do the best we can. “Today signifies our commitment to answering the call,” he said.

For more on GCAC, visit http://www.gcacofgeorgia.com.

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