News Details - Department Thanks Community for Support of Foster Care Event
Tompkins County’s Department of Social Services is thanking the community for its support of a recent community event commemorating National Foster Care Month.
President Barack Obama declared May 2012 as National Foster Care Month to shed light on the experiences of children and youth in the foster care system this country. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people, including approximately 160 in care locally, and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved—as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.
“It also allows us to salute the over 100 foster homes in Tompkins County and let the community know that more are urgently needed, especially for teenagers and sibling groups,” says Debbie McKane, Senior Caseworker, Adoption and Homefinding Services of Tompkins County DSS.
The celebration event, held May 17 at the Museum of the Earth, included dinner, door prizes and other activities. Close to 100 people attended— families who provide foster care services and the children in their care, as well dedicated caseworkers and staff.
“This event was 100% supported by members of the community through donations of money and gifts,” McKane notes. “A huge thank you to foster parents, Social Services staff, businesses, and individuals in Tompkins County for making this event a huge success!”