Thursday, April 20, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that today is Statewide Foster Care Call to Action Day. It is intended to promote community awareness of the need for Oklahoma foster families, foster care and overall support for foster families throughout the state of Oklahoma.
More than 80 events have been planned throughout today with at least one informational meeting in each of the state’s 77 counties. The meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about foster care as well as talk and share experiences with foster parents.
“Our goal, simply put, is to recruit more foster families,” said Fallin. “These children are in state custody through no fault of their own. These children need foster families to love and support them during their time of need.”
“Children across the state are placed in our care every day, driving our continual need for foster families,” said DHS Director Ed Lake. “To ensure those children stay connected to their families, schools and communities, we need foster families in every city, county and school district. Every child deserves a family and we particularly need families for kids with special medical needs and disabilities.”
Sponsors who are working to reach this year’s foster recruitment goal and supporting foster parents include Anna’s House, Bair Foundation, Circle of Care, DCCCA, Eastern Oklahoma Youth Services, Eckerd, Homebased Services, Kehila Park, Lilyfield, Oklahoma Association of Youth Services, Oklahoma Families First, St. Francis, Sunbeam, Tallgrass Family Services, Wesleyan and Youth Care of Oklahoma.
Oklahomans are invited to voice their support today for foster care by going to the Oklahoma Fosters Facebook page or Twitter and use the @OklahomaFosters handle with one of the following hashtags: #OklahomaFosters; #FosterNow; #SupportFostering; #FosterCareCall2Action; and #OklahomaDHS
About the Oklahoma Fosters initiative
Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services launched the Oklahoma Fosters initiative in November 2015 and surpassed its goal of recruiting more than 1,000 new foster families in state fiscal year 2016 to better serve children in state custody.. The goal for this year is to recruit 1,080 new foster families by June 30. The state has reached 70 percent of that goal.
The Oklahoma Fosters initiative uses a grassroots approach to coordinate efforts involving faith, government, business and local communities to solve the foster care crisis in Oklahoma. Oklahomans may get involved by going to the Oklahoma Fosters website and clicking on “Foster Care and Adoption” for information on being a foster or adoptive parent, or call the foster parent hotline (800) 376-9279.