If you’ve ever been camping, you know how much fun it can be. Getting away from it all, sleeping under the stars and getting back in touch with nature, you can actually feel yourself de-stress.

Imagine what the experience of camping could do for a child who finds themselves in Foster care. It can be a very stressful experience and while foster families learn to help children cope with these emotions, sometimes being able to get away from it all can really help.

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With that in mind the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation are celebrating Foster families throughout New York by giving away 500 free camping gift cards  and Empire passes.

With over sixteen thousand children in the foster care system in New York, this is a great thing to not only recognize all of the love and care of the foster families, but to also allow them to do things as a family that otherwise might be cost prohibitive.

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