School supplies needed for children in foster care
TULSA – Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children (TAPC) is in need of school supplies for children in Tulsa County’s foster care system. Per Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), there are currently 1,564 children in Tulsa County foster care. Most of these children are of school age. Children come in to foster care with very few possessions, and with the beginning of school quickly approaching, school supplies are a necessity.
Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children improves the lives of abused and neglected children. This is accomplished by providing basic and essential needs to children in foster care through our Foster Family Resource Center, foster parent support groups, the Christmas for Kids program, and other resources.
All items are offered at no cost to the children in foster care and their foster families. Items accessed through the Foster Family Resource Center are free and are donated by community supporters. Children in the OKDHS foster care system in Tulsa and surrounding counties are eligible to participate.
Christina Siemens, Executive Director of Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children, says “Our goal is to support the children by helping them achieve some sense of normalcy during their stay in state custody. We provide support in many ways including providing items such as clothing, shoes, toys, books, car seats, and more. We are available to begin working with any child in foster care when they come into custody and up until they age out of care”.
All school items can be dropped off on the following dates: July 17th and 24th from 9:00am – 5:00pm, and July 19th and 26th from 9:00am – 7:00pm at the Foster Family Resource Center located at 3326 East 51st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135. TAPC’s phone number is 918-742-4947. Monetary donations are also accepted.