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DHS joins the #300-for-300 challengeDate: 06/22/2017
The Department of Human Services (DHS) advocates for youth, community partners, and organizations associated with the state foster care system.
Hence the reason 150 members of DHS staff enthusiastically convened in the Donaghey South conference room to participate in the #300-for-300 challenge Wednesday morning.
“It was amazing. We had so many people come out to participate that we had to turn people away because we ran out of space,” said Amy Webb, DHS Chief of Communications and Community Engagement. “The people in the room were from every division of DHS - not just employees from the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS).”
KARK Channel 4 anchors Aaron Nolan and D.J. Williams, spearheaded the #300-for-300 challenge with the goal of raising awareness about youth in Arkansas – who will age out of the system without a family.
And for good reason, DHS opted to join the mission.
“When we heard about this awareness campaign, we became excited. We wanted to do our part as DHS to support D.J. and Aaron because they are supporting youth in foster care,” said Keesa Smith, DHS Deputy Director. “This is a small step in bringing attention to this particular need. Pushups aren’t easy. But our staff was extremely committed to the challenge.”
For more information about foster care in Arkansas, go to http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dcfs/Pages/default.aspx. You can also log on to http://www.fosterarkansas.org/ to acquire information about adopting or mentoring teens in foster care.
To view the youtube video of DHS participating in the #300-for-300 challenge, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaJ8muHRJ50.