It’s been a tough couple of years for Hollywood’s kid actors. Labor strikes and runaway production have made for less work. But like the rest of the industry, the professional kids are hoping to “leave 2009 behind” and jump into the new year with renewed energy! The CARE Awards (Child Actor Recognition Event) gives these talented kids the venue where they can celebrate together. This years event will take place at Universal Studios on March 14, 2010.

Anne Henry of the non-profit organization, Bizparentz Foundation, announced today that awardee applications are now being accepted. The 6th annual CARE Awards 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 (well attended by press), private awards luncheon, trophies, gift bags, collectible souvenirs, and entrance to Universal Studios Themepark for a day of kid-oriented fun after the event. CARE has earned a reputation as the “hot” event for the under-18 crowd thanks to the creativity of the event planners who make sure that each year’s event is full of surprises.

CARE Awards are be based on a unique point system where young performers (18 and younger) must qualify with a combination of professional acting work in 2009, 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 welcome 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. The application deadline is January 23, 2010.

Photos and video from prior years, as well as applications and criteria can be obtained online at  For more information about CARE 2010, please call (818)731-9897.