The groundbreaking ceremony begins at Friday for a project that will create two new foster sibling homes in Pottawatomie County. The public is invited to the ceremony at the new home site across from Rock Creek Baptist Church, at 44900 Hardesty Road, in Shawnee. A reception will immediately follow at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, at 310 N. Beard Ave., in Shawnee.

Siblings from abuse and neglect situations often only a 65 percent chance of staying together in foster care. For older children who act as a parent to their younger siblings, separating them is like separating a parent from their child; it can be a deeply traumatic experience.

For the project, Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care and the Avedis Foundation are partnering to keep siblings together in the county.

Circle of Care recruits, trains and supports foster parents statewide and the Avedis Foundation makes strategic investments to address complex community issues.

A site, which sits near the intersection of Hardesty and Rock Creek Roads has been secured to build two large custom residential homes that can accommodate up to six children each and their foster parents.

For more information, call Sarah Steffes, VP of Development for Circle of Care at (405) 215-1400.

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