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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

We are A Thousand Moms professional social workers who plan to start community groups to support gay children in foster care. We will recruit foster homes for these youth as well as help agencies and community volunteers deliver concrete services to individual kids.

Children in foster care suffer many losses. First, their family. They are removed from their parents or their parents voluntarily put them in foster care. Often siblings are split up. Most often, especially in cities, siblings do not attend the same school. As a result they are unable to see their friends.

Gay children in care have further burdens to carry. Some are put out of their birth parents homes because they are gay. All teens are trying to figure out who they are. When sexual orientation is added to the mix, it makes life even more confusing. A Thousand Moms plans to start grass roots chapters of people in various communities who would be willing and able to lend support to these kids. It could be as a mentor, or a big brother or sister arrangement or just being a friend who can help them find their way.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

We need a logo. It will appear on business cards, stationary, our website and brochures. Our website, in its draft stages can be seen at www.athousandmoms.org. In an ideal world, it would even be simple enough for trainers and others to reproduce on flip charts, etc.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

Our target audience will be agency staff as well as just plain folk from the community who may want to become foster parents or big brother (or sister) types for gay children in care. Agency staff are generally people with college degrees, people who become foster parents are generally working families with little higher education. Our experience has been that even the most well intentioned people are somewhat intimidated about dealing with gay people. They will say they dont know how to talk to those people. Part of our task is consciousness raising.

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

Our design must absolutely have the name and a rainbow somewhere/somehow.

Were open to all kinds of ideas but we also did a little brainstorming on our end to get things going. One of the ideas that we came up with is a free form red heart with a rainbow ribbon going through it and the words A Thousand Moms around it. The red heart suggests love and the rainbow ribbon or flag is the symbol used by most gay groups (see the materials section for an example of our simple drawing!). This is just a starting point and an idea we had please feel free to throw out any ideas you have too!

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE (or we don't want to see) THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

We dont want a logo that is too fussy. Simple is best!

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