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Foster Care Call to Action Day raises awareness for foster care kids and families

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Today is "Foster Care Call to Action Day" for the state of Oklahoma and as an effort to bring awareness to foster care. Local and state agencies are posting hand prints for every child in custody. 

People from the community and the Lawton Fire Department stamped their hands in paint to show support of foster care.
A local organization that provides experience, compassion, quality services and care for children and families educated people about the need for more foster care families.

In Comanche County there are over 300 children in custody in the state of Oklahoma and today TFI Family Connections is making a raise awareness about foster care in the state of Oklahoma.

Casey Furrow worked as nanny for a family that included foster children.

"I got to see how much love was in their house, how much fun they had,all these kids being so well taken care of and loved on," Furrow said.

As her love for the kids grew, Furrow started researching more about the need for foster care families locally and across the state.

"I knew that it was my calling. It was something me and my husband really wanted to do," Furrow said.

Last year, they started the process to become a foster parent, and in February she fostered a newborn and then one month later she fostered a two month old, to go along with her two biological kids.

"I've always wanted a big family and now I have that, and also bridging with biological parents is wonderful to me! To see these parents working hard to get their kids back...I love it Just the support system I can give the parents as well as these kids that need to be loved on... I love it,"Furrow said.

TFI Foster Care Supervisor Amy Bloodsworth said there are nearly 10,000 children in state custody as of February. Bloodworth said there is a high need to find more foster care parents.

"Children all  need a safe home, we need safe loving homes. Oklahoma has come a long way from two to four years ago we've come a long way with improvements with our foster homes and we want to continue to have safe loving homes for all children," Bloodsworth said.

While Bloodsworth said people want to care for infants and younger children more their goal is to find home for sibling groups or teenagers.

"We are really making a strong effort to keep siblings together a minimizing that separation from siblings will decrease their trauma just to keep them together. If siblings are together they have less trauma even if they do have to be placed in foster care in a home," Bloodsworth said.

Bloodsworth adds kids in foster care can grow, develop and learn some much from a home environment. She encourages families to start discussing how they can impact a child's life.

"If they have children themselves ask their own children what they think about foster care. Talk to your spouse, talk to your family, talk to your friends," Bloodsworth said.

Bloodsworth said if you can't be a foster parent, you can still help other foster parents, by donating household items, toys or even food at the TFI office located on 1320 Homestead Drive. Suit C, on Cache Road. You can also email Amy Bloodsworth at or call them at (580) 704-2695.

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