Free day of fun brings awareness to need for foster families

Area foster kids came out for a day of fun Saturday at West Side Baptist Church in Emporia.
Area foster kids enjoyed a day of fun at West Side Baptist Church Saturday. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News
The event provided an outlet for children to play, parents to have some respite and to spread awareness for the need of foster parents in Lyon and surrounding counties. Peggy Mast, with the Kansas Department of Children and Families faith-based and community outreach program says more than 7,000 children are currently in out-of-home placement across the state and only 2,600 homes available for them to go to.
In some cases, Mast says kids have spent the night in offices just to have a roof over their head. Event organizer Craig Barnwell reached out to his church after being inspired by contemporary Christian musician Matthew West's book "Hello, My Name Is." He then got together several sponsors for what he hopes is the first of many events in the future. Barnwell says there is a great need for more foster families.
Two sessions were held Saturday for kids of different age groups. If you want to learn more about how to become a foster parent or support foster children, visit fosterkskids.org.
Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News
Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News