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Partnership between OK Fosters Initiative, DHS, and the OK Alliance of YMCAs to Benefit Foster Families

TULSA, OK –The Oklahoma Alliance of YMCAs is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and Governor Fallin’s Oklahoma Fosters initiative to launch the “YMCA Benefit Program” for Oklahoma foster families. This new program will provide discounted services to foster parents at YMCAs across the state.

“Finding foster families for the hundreds of children who come into state custody every year has long been a priority of mine,” said Fallin. “I’m grateful to the Oklahoma Alliance of YMCA for partnering with my Oklahoma Fosters initiative and DHS to create these special benefits for foster families. We are always looking for more foster families, especially here in Tulsa, and I hope this announcement helps to encourage more people to consider this incredibly rewarding commitment.”

All certified foster families will have access to various discounts including: 50 percent off membership and joining fees for family/household memberships; 50 percent off sports and aquatic fees; and, financial assistance for day camp, after-school programs and child care. 

“At the YMCA, we believe that when we build strong kids and strong families, we build strong communities – and we recognize that when our fellow citizens struggle, we all struggle,” said Susan Plank, chair of the Oklahoma Alliance of YMCAs and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. “That’s why when we learned about the governor’s special initiative to support foster families we knew it was something we wanted to be a part of and support. My fellow ‘Y’ Leaders and I are honored to welcome foster families to our associations and lend ourselves as a resource to the important work these families do to help build strong kids and strong families.”

YMCAs will also be hosting Heart Galleries in their facilities, which are photo displays of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted.  

Information provided by Governor Mary Fallin’s Office.

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