Volunteers tie ribbons for foster care kids to raise awareness of the need for foster parents

PHOENIX - Maryann Moraga enjoys the little things with her adopted sons, like tying a ribbon to a tree.

“The children need permanency, they need safety, they need somebody to call mom and dad,” said Moraga.

And she didn't stop with these two boys, also adopting two more daughters, making it four adopted kids all together for her and her husband.

"I wish I can recruit more, but the best we can do is recruit more foster parents,” said Moraga.

And the ribbons they tied to trees along Jefferson Street between 8th and 16th streets today, will hopefully do that, since each ribbon represents the thousands of children in foster care in Arizona.

Three churches along the same block on Jefferson street, First Institutional Baptist Church, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, and Tanner Chapel A-M-E Church, came up with the idea, asking volunteers to tie these commemorative ribbons to trees along their street.

“We hope that we will find people that will want to assist us in our child advocacy project,” said Rev. Luther Holland with First Institutional Baptist Church.

Moraga hopes someone will see one of these ribbons, and just like this tree, serve as the foundation for one of the thousands of kids who need it.

“Every one of these children needs somewhere to call home and to put some roots down and not be shuffled around,” said Moraga.

As a part of National Foster Care Month, the ribbons will stay on the trees through the month of May.

For more information on how to become a foster parent, visit the Arizona Children's Association or the National Foster Parent Association .

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