May was National Foster Care Appreciation Month. On any given day in Missouri, there are nearly 10,000 children in foster care. It takes a special family to open their home and heart to a child in need and provide them with unconditional love and support. I join with Governor Jay Nixon, all Children’s Division staff, our child protection partners and communities across the state to celebrate and thank Missouri’s foster parents for their love and commitment to our state’s foster children.
Providing the nurturing and temporary care for a child who cannot safely remain in their own home is an investment in the future of that child, the family and the community. Please join me in thanking those you may know who are offering this critical service to our state’s children.
A bowling and pancake breakfast was held May 3rd, for foster, adoptive, relative, and kinship parents in the 1st Judicial Circuit, which covers Clark, Schuyler, and Scotland Counties. Local foster/adoptive/relative/kinship parents received training on “Introduction to Social Media”, from our local resource and licensing worker, Laura Babington. The children were able to bowl and enjoy pancake with help from some local community groups and Children’s Division staff.
Children’s Division would like to give a special thanks to several community businesses and groups that assisted in making this event successful. Scotland County Lanes allowed for the use of their business and donated free bowling for the children. The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance and Scotland County Fellowship of Christian Athletes donated their time to helping the children have an enjoyable morning. Matt McKee and the Scotland County Pharmacy donated beautiful floral baskets for each foster parent that was in attendance.
If you happen to see a local foster/adoptive parent, please thank them for the time and commitment they offer to those in need. Clark – Michael & Jennifer Kauth, Karl & Rovene Hamner; Schuyler – Delbert & Inez Stewart, Jim Gage, Donnie & Virginia Griswold, Frank & Carla Miller, Mark & Heidi Henderson, John & Kim Beeler; Scotland – Bob & Marie Brown, Brad & Tasha Snelling, Kelly & Angie Ward, Jeff & Melissa Behrens.
There are also many local relative and kinship caregivers who provide care for relatives or children they are familiar with. We are thankful to have them as a resource for children.
Children’s Division is continuously recruiting new foster or adoptive parents in the area, as well as relative or kinship caregivers. The goal is to keep children in their same community with someone they are familiar with, whenever possible. To inquire about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please contact Laura Babington, Resource/Licensing Worker for the 1st Circuit, at 660-727-3393, 227.
Shelley Curry, MSW
1st Judicial Circuit Children’s Division
Clark, Schuyler, Scotland Counties