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Local woman decides to dress as a clown to help adoption program

Local woman decides to dress as a clown to help adoption program

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Sep 25, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Right now there are about 50 special-needs children in Southern Nevada who desperately want a family.  The Adoption Exchange is helping those kids, but the agency nearly had to shut its doors due to funding issues.

Kelly Harrington adopted 3 of her 4 children with the help of the Adoption Exchange.  So when she heard the news, she decided to help.

Kelly said, "This place has helped me find 3 of my children.  When I heard they were in trouble, I said, 'Not on my watch'."

Kelly volunteers as "Rainbow the Clown."  She thought it would be a great idea to get other clown volunteers to help out.  The idea is simple: people call the Adoption Exchange to book clowns.  They pay whatever they want and all of the proceeds go to benefit the Adoption Exchange.

Director Wendy Selditz says, "We help those hard to place children.  The ones who are older, or have color, or disabilities.  But we believe every child deserves to have a forever family.  Our goal is to help them get placed before they age out of the system." 

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.