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Foster families celebrated at two events

May is Foster Care Month

May 01, 2013

Contact:
Beth Voigt
Communications
651-431-3833

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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:

  • Fourth Annual Celebrate Foster Families on Sat., May 18 at 2:30 p.m., at the Minnesota United vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer match at the Metrodome, Minneapolis. Activities include a free soccer clinic for youth with Tony Sanneh, former professional player; a professional soccer match at no charge; free raffle giveaways to foster families; half-time ceremony honoring foster parents; face painting; and a table staffed by county foster care experts to provide information to those interested in learning more about foster care. This event is sponsored by The Sanneh Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that uses soccer to unite diverse communities and help underserved children achieve success on and off the field, and the Minnesota United. Other sponsors include UCare and City & County Credit Union.

“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.”

  • Third Annual Celebrate Foster Families on Sun., June 9, at 1:05 p.m., at the St. Paul Saints vs. Wichita Wingnuts game at Midway Stadium, St. Paul. Activities include a pre-game ceremony recognizing foster parents who will throw out the first pitch; free raffle giveaways to foster families; and a table staffed by county foster care experts to provide information to those interested in learning more about foster care; and a post-game event for children. This event is sponsored by the St. Paul Saints.

“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.

Editor’s note: Foster parents and foster care experts are available for interviews. Contact Beth Voigt, Minnesota Department of Human Services, 651-431-3833 .

 


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