The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
Hundreds of foster children and their families participated in the Second Annual Celebrate Foster Families with the St. Paul Saints event May 20 at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. Sponsored by the St. Paul Saints and supported by Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott counties and DHS, the event was held to recognize the commitment of foster families.
The celebration included an on-field ceremony honoring foster parents, five of whom threw out the first ceremonial pitches concurrently; raffle drawings for Saints memorabilia; a KLBB 1220 AM radio interview about foster care with Commissioner Lucinda Jesson during the fourth inning of the first game; foster care public address announcements and messages on the scoreboard; St. Paul Saints vs. Gary Southshore RailCats doubleheader; and an opportunity for children to run the bases and get player autographs after the game.
During the radio interview, Commissioner Jesson discussed the needs of foster children, importance of helping children in crisis, and success of foster children who had supportive, stable families; and encouraged listeners to become foster or adoptive parents.
Throughout the afternoon, county foster care experts staffed information tables to answer questions and distribute information to those interested in becoming foster parents. More information about becoming a foster parent is also available from county social service agencies or on the department’s website.
“We are honored to host a special day for foster families,” said St. Paul Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Sharrer, “not only to show our appreciation for all that they do but to encourage other families to consider caring for children in crisis through foster care.”
Earlier this month, foster children and families participated in the third annual Celebrate Foster Families with the Minnesota Stars professional soccer team.