Dire need for foster families in Rogers County


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 8/23/2013 9:30 pm Published: 8/23/2013 4:06 pm


Rogers County --

Children in Rogers County need your help. The need for foster homes is overwhelming.  Just to give you an idea of how dire the situation is in Rogers County alone, there are 85 children, but only 12 foster families that are not relative or tribal homes. These numbers are from a DHS report released in March. FOX23’s Sharon Phillips visited one family who hopes others will follow their lead.

The twin girls that Lindsay Bippus opened up her home to are finally asleep in their beds and at peace.

“These kids came sick and they needed to go to the doctor and they weren't sleeping well, but last night they slept all night for the first time,” says Bippus.

This mom of two says she and her husband always wanted more children, and when the opportunity opened up for them to be foster parents they jumped at the chance.

"I volunteered at the Laura Dester Shelter and I saw all the children there and what a huge need for foster families their were, “she says.

She tells FOX23 it took around 7 months or so to go through the classes, paperwork, interviews and home visits, but now their home is filled with the sweets sounds of 4 children instead of two.

The girls are on a short term placement which means they will only be with Lindsay's family for about a month.

“I’m not sure where they are going to go yet, but hopefully to some family of their extended family members,” she says.

To all the families out there who are on the fence about becoming foster parents, she had this to say.

“I don't think that foster parenting is for everyone, but I do think as a community that we can all gather together to help these kids,” says Lindsay.

Lindsay says she and her husband hope to eventually adopt more childen.

If you would like more information about becoming a foster parent to a child, you can contact DHS or the agency that is working to recruit foster families, TFI Family Connections. That number is 1-800-279-9914.

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Mayor Maynot - 8/24/2013 12:32 PM
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Can you please tell that to the Capobiancos. Maybe they'll leave Baby Veronica alone.
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