Ladies take 'eye-opening' foster care tour

A faith-based initiative called the 111 Project recently took pastors' wives and other women ministry leaders on a special bus tour designed to educate them about the state's foster care system.
by Carla Hinton Published: May 26, 2012
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Once a child has been taken from his home because of abuse or neglect, the youngster's path to safety is complex.

A group of women from Tulsa area churches recently traveled the route these young individuals must take as part of a special trip designed by 111 Project leaders. The project was created with the goal of recruiting 111 or more foster families from church congregations in Oklahoma.

Recently, 13 pastor's wives and women ministry leaders took “A Child's Journey Into Foster Care” bus tour to learn more about the foster care system.

Robin Jones, director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, said she was the lead adult host for the group, while a 13-year-old girl who has been a foster child (and has been adopted), served as the youth host.

Jones said the group traveled to the Tulsa Child Abuse Network; the Laura Dester Children's Center, an emergency shelter; Tulsa County juvenile court and Youth Services of Oklahoma County.

“They were emotionally engaged and motivated to see where they fit in the foster care issue,” Jones said of the group's response.

She said the idea behind the tour was to give the women some perspective about what children go through after they are placed in state custody and moved into the foster care system.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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