Since May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, we’ve been keeping an eye and ear out for events that promote foster care awareness and were excited to see this announcement in the Kansas City Star: James Shields to host foster care program in 2013.

The “Big James Game Section,” hosted by the Kansas City Royals, KCP&L and starting pitcher James Shields, will allow 250 children and their foster families to attend Royals games this season with free tickets, a free meal and a t-shirt. They’ll also have the opportunity to meet Shields before the game. Shields and the other program sponsors hope that the events will give the kids a fun opportunity for a night out while also promoting awareness about foster care in the greater Kansas City area.

“This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Shields. “My wife and I started working with foster children when I was with the Rays, and I’m excited to continue with the Royals and KCP&L. Spending a day out at the ballpark is a great family activity, and I hope this program helps bring foster kids and families closer together as we try to find permanent homes for these children.”

We’re so excited that this program is going on right in the backyard of our national headquarters! The Kansas City Royals franchise has always been supportive of causes like adoption, and each year we’ve been overjoyed to have them donate one or more items to include in our Birth Mother Scholarship Fundraiser silent auction. We’re lucky that they’re just one of many organizations in our community that support adoption!

For more information, statistics and ways to get involved with foster care during National Foster Care Awareness Month, visit and You can read President Obama’s National Foster Care Month Proclamation at

Now we want to hear from you! What great adoption events are going on in your community to promote foster care this month?