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Oklahoma kicks off initiative to recruit foster, adoptive families

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OKLAHOMA CITY — There is a new initiative to recruit more foster and adoptive families in Oklahoma.

Governor Mary Fallin teamed up with the Department of Human Services to create ‘Oklahoma Fosters,’ a program to end the foster care crisis in the Sooner State.

“There are nearly 11,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system and we desperately need the hold of our entire community to care for them,” Fallin said. “These children are in state custody through no fault of their own. They need foster families to love and support them during their time of need.”

Oklahoma Fosters is asking businesses to encourage employees, the faith-based community to encourage congregations, and tribes to encourage citizens to consider being foster or adoptive parents.

The conversation about fostering/adopting can be started by passing out fliers at work, talking to friends and neighbors, or posting about Oklahoma Fosters on social media.

The initial goal for Oklahoma Fosters is to have more than 1,000 new safe, loving foster families statewide by the end of June 2016.

“We need a full-court press in this state, that’s what Oklahoma Fosters is about,” Fallin said.

“The is a crisis that government alone cannot solve,” DHS Director Ed Lake said. “We must have the help of businesses, nonprofits and philanthropic foundations, along with our current community and faith partners. There is a role for everyone and it will take all of us working together to take care of Oklahoma’s children.”

You can get involved by going to the Oklahoma Fosters website for more information about being a foster or adoptive parent. You can also call the foster parent hotline at 1-800-376-9279.