Wagoner city and county officials and employees joined the Department of Human Services for a Foster Care Awareness Block Party Thursday, March 8 where various organizations and emergency services personnel set up booths for an evening of raising awareness for the need for local foster families.
The event also featured live music and free hotdogs, along with bounce houses and games for children. Door prizes were drawn for between songs.
The day was in coordination with Oklahoma Fosters, a statewide organization that named March 8 a call-to-action day, prompting the local DHS office to host the block party.
“There are over 8,000 kids in this state that are in DHS custody, and homes are needed for them,” Wagoner DHS Foster Care and Adoption Recruiter Beth Passmore said. “We just don’t have enough homes.”
Some of these kids are separated from their siblings or in shelters because there aren’t enough, and we need more families to take these kids in,” she added.
Members of the Wagoner Police Department, Wagoner EMS, Wagoner Fire Department, Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office and various health and child services organizations were present for the festivities.
Wagoner Mayor Albert Jones shook hands and spoke with people at the event to help in supporting area foster children and the local DHS office.
“That’s the reason for this event,” Passmore said. “We are trying to raise awareness here and all over the state to try and get more people involved.”