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DHS, counties celebrate foster families at Saints game

Five foster parents, left to right, Jared Winger from Scott County, Glenda Givens from Ramsey County, Lou Cottrell-D’Esposito from Hennepin County, Matthew Joseph from Dakota County and Sally Larson from Anoka County, participated in the pre-game ceremony before throwing out the first five ceremonial pitches all at once.Hundreds of foster families enjoyed time together at the fourth annual Celebrating Foster Families event with the St. Paul Saints on Sunday, June 8, at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.
With tickets donated by the Saints, families participated in a pre-game ceremony with a foster care video, scoreboard messages and public address announcements; enjoyed the Saints ball game; listened to a live radio interview with Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson midway through the game; and ran the bases and got autographs from Saints players after the game. Throughout the day, county foster care staff provided information, answered questions and helped people sign up for foster care orientation sessions.
In 2013, foster parents provided temporary care to 8,000 children in Minnesota. Foster parents come from all walks of life. They may be single or married, with or without children, renters or homeowners. What they share is a concern for children and a commitment to help them through tough times.
“It’s a privilege to host a special day for foster families,” said St. Paul Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Sharrer. “This event enabled us to show how grateful we are to foster families for all they do, to enable them to have some fun at the ballpark and, hopefully, to encourage other families to consider caring for foster children.”
Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott counties, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services sponsored the event.

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