TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) employees raised money throughout the months of July and August to ensure that children in foster care can enjoy a day at the Kansas State Fair. DCF West Region staff hosted a friendly competition against Wichita Region staff to raise funds that will provide carnival ride tickets to more than 850 children.
The West Region raised $2,480, and the Wichita Region raised $1,945. Together, DCF employees raised $4,425, an increase of more than $1,600 from last year’s fundraiser.
The $4,425 funds raised will be used to purchase tickets for fair attractions, which will be provided to youth in foster care and their families who attend the Saint Francis Community Services (SFCS)-sponsored Resource Parent Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the fair.
Resource Parent Appreciation Day, a celebration and promotion of foster parents, has been sponsored by SFCS for the past five years. SFCS provides the participants with free admission to the fair and a free meal during the day.
“Saint Francis Community Services looks forward to the Resource Parent Appreciation Day at the State Fair, as it’s one way we can show our appreciation to the foster and kinship families caring for children in custody,” said Director of Foster Care Homes for SFCS Patrice Claassen. “We were so excited that DCF employees in the West and Wichita Regions participated in the fundraiser so that all the children could receive ride tickets. Children and youth will be delighted to receive this wonderful surprise.”
“I am proud of the West Region for working so hard to ensure a fun day for children in foster care across Kansas,” said DCF West Regional Director Pamela Beach. “It was also exciting to have the Wichita Region join our fundraiser this year, providing some friendly competition to help DCF staff raise more funds than ever.”
DCF’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI) will be on hand with SFCS at the Resource Parent Appreciation Day on Saturday, but they will also be present at the Kansas State Fair throughout the entire week promoting the need for foster families across the State of Kansas. Recently, DCF launched a recruitment campaign, Foster Kansas Kids, to raise awareness about the need for foster parents.
“The need for foster parents is great in Kansas, as well as across the nation, as there is a growing number of children who require a safe and secure environment outside of their own home,” said FBCI Director Peggy Mast. “We are excited to be out at the fair, because it not only allows us to interact with current foster parents at Resource Parent Appreciation Day, but it also gives us an opportunity to speak to people from across the state and educate them about the lack of foster homes in their own communities.”
DCF staff members raised money for children in foster care to enjoy the Kansas State Fair, by donating $3 to wear jeans on designated work days.