OKLAHOMA CITY -- The CarePortal is a collaborative partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and the 111Project. This online platform brings the needs of children and families in the community to the attention of local churches and community members so they may respond to these needs in real-time.
OKDHS is excited to announce the expansion of CarePortal into Payne County. With just over 140 children in the county in state custody as of Dec. 1, everyone has a role to play to support them and their families. The collaborative will host the Payne County CarePortal launch at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Wesley Foundation, 823 W. University Ave. in Stillwater, and the public is invited to attend to learn how they can help. To register, visit www.111project.org/cplaunch.
"There are so many stories I could tell about lives changed and communities supporting one another through CarePortal," said Jami Majors, Program Administrator for Child Welfare Services Community Partnerships. "Whether it's supporting a family with bus passes so they can get the services they need while keeping their children in their own home, or keeping siblings together in a foster home by providing beds for them, CarePortal is making a difference for Oklahoma families."
"We always ask, 'What if we had more than enough' - more than enough resources so biological families can achieve not just reunification but restoration, more than enough people caring for and serving others so no one is alone, more than enough foster families so families are waiting on children instead of children waiting on families," said Chris Campbell, Executive Director of the 111Project. "We exist to mobilize the faith community so that the local church is not just aware of needs of children and families in crisis but are partnered with the state to see that those families have all the support that they need."
For OKDHS CarePortal questions, please contact Andrea.Stasyszen@okdhs.org. For church CarePortal questions, please contact the 111Project at email@example.com.
Editor's note: Interviews are available with advance request at the CarePortal launch event.