A foster care information meeting, hosted by the Safe Homes For All Children Committee, will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 at Southwest Technology Center. The meeting is being held for anyone interested in helping with the care of foster children.
“There is a desperate need for foster families in Southwest Oklahoma,” said foster home recruiter Rick Steen. Steen said that there are on average 100 children at any given time in the area that need foster care, but only 20-25 local foster families. When there isn’t a local foster family, the child has to go out of town.
Steen said that keeping children in this area helps them to adjust to the overall situation because they can often continue to go to the same school, see their families, etc. “Keeping the children in town also helps with the whole reunification process,” Steen added.
Steen also said that you don’t have to be a foster parent to help with the program, and military families are also encouraged to attend. He said that there will be representatives from both the Department of Human Services and Southwestern Youth Services to answer questions and give out information. SWYS serves Jackson, Harmon and Tillman Counties.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in room 109 at Southwest Technology Center, 711 W. Tamarack Road, on Thursday, Dec. 3.
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