Despite Hollywood’s labor troubles, professional child actors are finding a reason to celebrate: The CARE (Child Actor Recognition Event) Awards, honoring child actors for their accomplishments in 2008, will take place on March 15, 2009 at Universal Studios in California. Anne Henry of the non-profit organization, Biz Parentz Foundation, announced today that awardee applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Awards. The deadline to apply is January 24, 2009.

It’s been a tough year for young Hollywood. Child actors have found themselves to be just one casualty of the town’s labor disputes, and opportunities to practice their craft have been few and far between. Child actors do belong to SAG, AFTRA and Equity, the unions for performers, but they are not eligible to hold leadership roles in those organizations. “Like everyone else in the entertainment industry, the kids wish things could get settled. Their careers, by nature, are very short, so long labor disputes can be devastating.  That’s why we are moving ahead with the CARE Awards. Child actors need to celebrate the positive contributions they have made–not just to entertainment, but to their communities. CARE isn’t all about Hollywood success,” states Henry.    

The CARE Awards is slated for Sunday, March 15, 2009.  The fifth annual event will be held at the Globe Theatre inside Universal Studios Hollywood.  Billed as a kind of “anti-child-star-gone-bad” event, CARE honors over 150 of the industry’s brightest young stars, for their positive contributions to the entertainment industry. Awardees will receive red carpet entrance to Universal Studios, private awards luncheon, engraved trophy, gift bag, collectible souvenirs, and entrance to Universal Studios Theme Park for a day of kid-oriented fun folowing the event.    
CARE Awards are based on a unique point system where young performers (18 and younger) must qualify with a combination of professional acting work in 2008, academics, union membership, training, a written essay, community service, parent industry knowledge, and several other criteria.
Proceeds from the event benefit the BizParentz Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy and charitable support to parents and children engaged in the entertainment industry.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, there will be no complimentary attendance for celebrities. However, they are welcomed to participate in the application process for consideration as an awardee. Artist representatives are advised to direct their clients through the application process early if they would like them to attend.

For more information about CARE 2009, please call (818)731-9897.