Local Foster Kids Can Play Mini Golf For Free


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Richland County Children Services has arranged with local business owner Jim Heenan, Kelly’s Dairy Bar, for Richland County foster care children and their foster care parents to play mini-golf at Kelly’s at no charge for the rest of the year.

“Recreation for our foster home children and foster parents strengthens relationships and promotes personal development, self-esteem, and resilience,” says Joetta McCruter-Polk, Children Services Foster Care Recruiter.

“All of us involved in foster care appreciate what Kelly’s is doing for our foster families.”

Richland County Children Services utilize foster families when a child cannot reside in their own home safely. Foster parents provide a temporary home for children until they can be reunited with their families. They give a child love when they need it the most. “Our foster parents are a valuable resource to our Richland County community,” says Joetta. “They provide stability where stability didn’t exist.”

Kelly’s Dairy Bar owner Jim Heenan believes life is a group sport. “Without groups life just isn’t so good,” says Jim. “Kelly’s is a group hang-out-place where groups come to play, bond with peers, gain acceptance, foster cooperation, and just have fun. We’re honored to work with the Richland County Children Services and their foster families.”

Kelly’s Dairy Bar is located at 1280 South Main Street in Mansfield.

Richland County Children Services is need of foster parents for sibling groups, African-American youths, and teenagers. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Joetta McCruter-Polk at 419-774-4100.

media release provided by: Brigitte Coles, Community Engagement Specialist, Richland County Children Services


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