“Hope” is the focus of a foster care conference on Saturday.

The free event, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Southern Hills at 7902 S. Lewis Ave., is sponsored by the Child Protection Coalition. It will provide Tulsa County foster care and kinship families an opportunity to interact with and learn from each other about the joys and difficulties of being foster parents, said executive director Kristine D. Bridges.

Conference registration is closed because 92 people signed up when only 80 were expected.

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An earlier survey sent out by the Department of Human Services, a coalition partner, determined the program from foster parents, she said. Court proceedings and positive parenting were among requested topics.

Chan Hellman with the University of Oklahoma will speak on “The Science and Power of Hope.”

“This conference is a testament to the value of forming collaborative partnerships in the child welfare community to support the awesome effort of foster care and kinship parents in our community,” Bridges said.

The conference is underwritten by a Tulsa Area United Way Community Collaborations grant.

The collaborative effort is led by the Child Protection Coalition Foster Care Support Committee made up of representatives from DHS, Family & Children’s Services, the National Resource Center for Youth Services, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa and Zero To Three (Tulsa County Safe Babies Court Team).

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