More than 12,000 shoes lined the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday. Each pair represents the number of foster care children in Oklahoma right now.
"The system is overloaded. We have children sitting in shelters for months and months at a time with no place to go. We have babies put in shelters because there are no foster homes available. Right now, we have less than 3,000 foster homes to take all of these children and we are in desperate need," said Lana Freeman with the Foster Care Association of Oklahoma.
The Foster Care Association of Oklahoma is asking legislators to recognize the challenge, and raise the level of funding for the families who help these children.