Foster Organizations Join Forces for School Supplies Drive

Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care and Citizens Caring for Children may have two different missions, but they share common ground in serving Central Oklahoma's foster children. 

The organizations report that nearly 10,000 in state custody combined with budget cuts in child welfare services makes for a difficult situation for many local foster kids.

Today, there are nearly 10,000 children in state custody. Looming reductions in child welfare services stand to create a crisis for children in foster care. 

“In the face of grave state budget cuts to child welfare programs, all Oklahomans must pull together to minimize the impact to foster children and foster families,” said Don Batson, President and CEO at Circle of Care in a recent press release.

Circle of Care and Citizens Caring for Children are combining resources this year in their back-to-school efforts to provide more supplies to more foster children. The supplies drives will benefit hundreds of local kids. 

The agencies are seeking donations of specific basic supplies like backpacks, No. 2 pencil packs, wide-ruled notebook paper, crayons and stick glue. Donations can be made from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. any Monday-Friday through June 30 and dropped off at Citizens Caring for Children, 730 W. Wilshire, Ste. 112, Oklahoma City.

Complete school supply needs lists can be found at and For more information, please contact Julie Keller at 405-753-4099. 

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