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Child and Family Services urges participation in the Red Scarf Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 4, 2016

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

              Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

 

Child and Family Services urges participation in the Red Scarf Project

 

The state’s Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) is urging all those who knit or crochet to participate in this year’s Red Scarf Project. 

The project, a partnership between the Montana Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (MCFCIP) and Reach Higher Montana, is collecting and delivering homemade red scarves to youth in foster care during the holiday season.

The Red Scarves will be included in care packages for all Montana youth currently or previously in care who are pursuing postsecondary education. The services offered by the MCFCIP are intended to help Montana foster youth learn the life skills they need to make a successful transition into adulthood.

The Red Scarf Project ensures that Montana’s foster youth receive a homemade gift during the holiday season. “It’s so important that our foster youth continue to feel supported as they work hard pursue their educational goals,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “In addition, the Red Scarf Project is a terrific way for those who enjoy the craft of knitting or crocheting to give back to their community.” 

Reach Higher Montana partners year round with DPHHS to offer various programs that support Montana’s foster children in their efforts to attain postsecondary education. “This project touches the lives of so many foster youth in Montana,” said Rhonda Stafford of Reach Higher Montana. “It lets them know that we’re thinking of them, and that we’re extremely proud of all their hard work.”

Scarves should be roughly 60 inches long and between five and eight inches wide. They should be gender neutral and tie with ease. The scarves can include other colors, and other shades of red, but should definitely include red. The scarves will be distributed in late November.

According to Tessa Littlefield, for a special touch, the scarf could include a tag saying “Made with Care for You” and the first name, city, group affiliation (if any) of the person who created the scarf.

The finished scarves can be mailed to:

Tessa Littlefield at the Child and Family Services Division, 301 S Park Ave, PO Box 8005, Helena, MT 59604-8005, or to Rhonda Safford, Reach Higher Montana, 40 W 6th Ave, Helena, MT 59601.

For more information, contact Tessa Littlefield at: tlittlefield@mt.gov or 406-841-2404.

 

About the Montana Chafee Foster Care Independent Program

The Montana Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (MCFCIP) is a part of the Child and Family Services Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services. Youth in foster care face unique and difficult challenges as they turn eighteen and leave the foster care system. The services offered by the MCFCIP are intended to help Montana foster youth get the life skills they need to make a successful transition into adulthood. By assisting youth in achieving self-sufficiency and obtaining future goals, the MCFCIP enables youth in the foster care system to create a healthy lifestyle and a successful future. For more information go to http://dphhs.mt.gov/CFSD/FosterCareIndependence.aspx

About Reach Higher Montana

The mission of Reach Higher Montana is to guide, prepare, and support Montana students with inspiration, information, and resources for college. Reach Higher Montana works closely with DPHHS to ensure that foster youth in Montana feel supported in their efforts to attain postsecondary education, by providing specific funding and programs to help these students reach their education goals. Learn more at www.ReachHigherMontana.org.