There is a desperate need for foster parents in Oklahoma, with more than 10,000 children younger than 18 years needing a home.
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, and Sunbeam Family Services will hold an information night on Friday to provide answers for adults wondering if they qualify for the role of a foster parent.
With the startling statistics in Oklahoma regarding these children in need, awareness is needed to draw attention to individuals and families who are capable and willing to become foster parents.
Sunbeam Family Services has provided foster care in Oklahoma for more than 100 years.
“This event is for anyone who has thought of being a foster parent and has questions about what it is like day to day to foster a child,” Courtney Hyder said.
Hyder, Sunbeam Family Services marketing coordinator, said there are basic questions people always ask.
Organizers say the meeting helps take the fear out of becoming a foster parent.
People often ask if it is OK if they work full-time, or if they qualify if they are single. The answer is yes to both questions.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about who can be a foster parent,” Hyder said. “It is a big commitment, something people must think about.”
Judith Cope, 27, is a foster parent and a foster care recruiter at Sunbeam Family Services.