Tahlequah Daily Press

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May 9, 2014

TFI, Chili’s partner to raise foster care awareness

TAHLEQUAH — May is nationally recognized as National Foster Care month. There are more than 10,000 children in custody for abuse and neglect in Oklahoma, while there are approximately only 1,600 foster care homes available.

To help with the rising number of children coming into care, TFI Family Connections, LLC works with Oklahoma Department of Human Services to provide recruitment, support and retention of foster care services throughout Oklahoma. Chili’s recognizes the need, and is sponsoring a Give Back Event, as a part of national foster care month, on Tuesday, May 13, throughout the state of Oklahoma.

“Chili’s Grill & Bar supports local non-profit organizations through Give Back Events and when I learned of the great need for foster care homes in our community, I wanted to help,” said Nanette Fabian, Tahlequah Chili’s Bar & Grill’s managing partner. “If we can put information in the hands of our guests, who like me were not aware of such a great need, and recruit families for the children of Oklahoma that are desperate for a place to call home then we have met the purpose of this event. With 28 Chili’s in the state of Oklahoma covering 17 counties, we have the ability to reach out and spread the passion of Giving Back.”

On Tuesday, May 13, Chili’s volunteers or TFI workers will be available at each of the Chili’s locations to answer questions and provide information about foster care.  For any patrons who dine at Chili’s on this day and bring a promotional flyer from the TFI Family Connections website, Chili’s will donate 10 percent of the sales back to TFI. These proceeds will directly support children in foster care throughout the state.

A large number of children in OKDHS custody are placed in shelter care, even as young as five and six years of age.

“Children should have a safe family home to live in,” said Rachelle Roosevelt, TFI’s vice president, Foster Care and Program Development. “We are committed to help find families and provide a high level of support to them. By having this event at Chili’s, we hope to help even more children find homes. We appreciate Chili’s partnering with us, so that we can let the community know the need for foster families.”

Information on becoming a foster parent or the Chili’s Give Back event, can be found by calling call 877-931-1069 or visiting www.tfifamilyconnections.org.

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