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Foster families will have a chance to spend time together at two upcoming events to recognize the dedication of foster parents who help children in crisis and encourage more families to consider providing foster care. In partnership with the Minnesota United and St. Paul Saints, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott county social service agencies are hosting the events to help launch May as Foster Care Month.
“Foster families are truly life-savers to thousands of children in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “They comfort and care for children who are in pain and struggling. We are so appreciative of their dedication to and care for children. These events are a small way to extend our thanks and provide information to those thinking about becoming foster parents, particularly for teenagers and large sibling groups.”
The events are:
“This is the fourth year that we are honored to recognize foster parents,” said Sanneh. “The Sanneh Foundation is proud support foster families. Uniting communities starts with caring for our children; and that’s what we’re trying to do by encouraging them to enjoy activities, like soccer, and other festivities offered during this celebration.”
“Celebrating foster families is a privilege for us,” said St. Paul Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Sharrer. “This special day enables us to express our appreciation for all that they do and encourage others to consider becoming foster families to help children who are in crisis. Events like this bring families together to have fun, and that is what this is all about.”
County foster care experts will be on hand at information tables throughout both events to answer questions and distribute information to those interested in learning more about foster care. More information about becoming a foster parent is also available from county social service agencies.