Message in a Bottle

Lori Nadeau, a recruiter in Northeast’s Therapeutic Foster Family Program (TFFP) Queensbury office, once again led the effort to create something truly special for the annual North Country Festival of Trees. Lori and her team created “Message in a Bottle,” theme for their tree – telling the story of a young boy who wished for a loving foster family.

With help from Jessica Capone, Sarah Taylor, Andrea Lamkins, Theresa Hall and Jennifer Caffarel and with supplies donated by Kelly Havens and Michelle McCluskey, the project took shape. In Lori’s own words, “the premise is that a child wrote a letter to the world about why someone should become their foster parent, then rolled it up in a bottle and tossed it into the ocean. That bottle is now stuck on a coral reef with letters and bottles from other children.”

Festival of Trees messageThis marks the fourth year that TFFP Queensbury has spread the word about the need for foster families in the North Country and beyond at the Festival of Trees. Kudos to the Queensbury team for their dedication to kids in need, their creativity, and talent. To find out more about Northeast’s foster parent program, visit

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