By Kevin Harvison
McALESTER — Clark Ward, left, Lions Club program chair and Lions President Neal Wood, right, congratulate speaker Ryan Brecheen of TFI Family Connections, who spoke to the group March 5 about the need for foster families. Brecheen is with a private nonprofit company which oversees foster placements for the state. He said Pittsburg County has 27 homes available for 136 children, and Coal County, Brecheen's home, has 39 children needing placement, with four homes available. Those wanting information about how to become foster parents may call 866-543-9810 or go to www.tfifamilyconnections.org.