Brown-Ulman campaign releases fourth TV commercial, ‘Sundays’
30-second spot details Anthony Brown’s work to find safe and loving homes for every Maryland child
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Tuesday, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown released his fourth television commercial of the 2014 Gubernatorial Election, a 30-second spot entitled Sundays. The ad highlights Brown’s record of working to ensure every Maryland child has a safe and loving home, and details the impact that being an adoptive parent has had on his life.
Also Tuesday, the Brown-Ulman campaign began airing ads in the Washington, D.C. media market.
Over the last seven years, Brown has made improving Maryland’s child welfare system a priority, speaking at over 100 churches across the State to recruit foster parents and working to implement multiple state programs to move foster children into permanent homes and prepare them for adulthood. In his campaign for Governor, Brown also released a position paper and web video detailing his work on the issue.
“As an adoptive parent himself, Anthony Brown understands first-hand the impact a stable and loving home can have on a child’s life, which is why he’s made finding nurturing homes for every Maryland child a priority in office,” said County Executive Ken Ulman. “Anthony’s leadership has driven Maryland to help over 17,000 foster children find a permanent place to live over the last seven years, while recruiting and retaining over 2,000 foster parents. Whether working to improve Maryland’s child welfare system, building the best public schools in the nation for five years in a row, or raising the minimum wage, Anthony Brown is the best candidate to strengthen Maryland families.”
Transcript from Sundays:
|Anthony Brown:I never knew the impact that adoption could have on a life… until Jonathan came into mine.||“Mitchellville couple remembers joy of being new parents, again.” Dionne Irving, Gazette, 5/10/02Delegate Anthony Brown (Dist. 25) will celebrate their adopted son Jonathan’s second birthday in July. Jonathan is the couple’s second child and has been with them since August 2000.
|Anthony Brown:Every Sunday I have an opportunity when I go into churches to tell my story.
|“2014 gubernatorial race kicking off early?” Eric Hartley, Capital Gazette, 11/17/11Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has visited dozens of churches since he took office, often two in a single Sunday, his public schedule shows. He often speaks to congregations about adoption (he’s an adoptive parent) and domestic violence.
|Anthony Brown:And to share the story of Jonathan… the joy he has brought to my life. How amazing a young man he is.
|Anthony Brown:Adoption and foster care can transform lives.
|“Children in Foster Care – Societal and Financial Costs,” Amanda Fixen, A Family for Every Child, Nov. 2011Children adopted out of foster care “…have home environments that are more favorable for child development and well being than children who remain in care.” (Zill, 2011). Additionally, adoption can improve many other outcomes.
Hansen (2006) describes that children adopted from foster care, as opposed to those who remain in foster care, may experience a host of benefits.
|Anthony Brown:Every child deserves a loving, caring home.|
|Anthony Brown:And it’s our responsibility to make sure that that happens. And the rewards? They speak for themselves.||“State data says adoption rate has increased over three years in Md.” Raven L. Hill, Baltimore Sun, 8/18/10Officials said the state still needs foster families who are willing to take in children temporarily, even though its goal is to reduce such placements. More than 2,225 new foster parents have been recruited in the past three years.