Health and Family Services Cabinet
Reception to honor Louisville foster parents
Note to editors and producers: Reporters are welcome to attend the reception and interview foster parents. Please call Sharon Burney at (502) 595-5263 for information about the reception.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2005) – Jefferson County’s foster parents will be honored at a reception tonight for their exemplary service to the children of the region.
The reception, hosted by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, will begin at 6 p.m. at Canaan Christian Church. The church is at 2840 Hikes Lane.
More than 50 foster and adoptive parents and couples will receive awards for their commitment to children. The parents, certified to care for children through the cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services, have served the cabinet and cared for children in state custody from five to more than 40 years.
One foster parent, Elnora Fountain, will be honored for 43 years of service.
“Foster families serve a vital role in permanency planning to protect the interests of foster children throughout Louisville,” said Jackie Stamps, the cabinet’s KIPDA Jefferson Service Region administrator. “By working with birth families and department staff, they can help strengthen these children through what may be a difficult transition. Tonight’s event is a small thank you in return for so many years of caring for children.”
More than 20 area businesses have donated prizes for the reception.
Cabinet organizers of the reception will also recognize the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors and its Community Service Chairman, Mike Brown. In time for the start of the new school year, GLAR is donating to foster families 600 backpacks filled with supplies like combs, water bottles, toothbrushes and spiral notebooks.
“Realtors in our association know foster families across Louisville, and we know how dedicated they are to providing for their children,” Brown said. “We just wanted to help them out during a very busy time of the year.”
Stamps said while foster families have financial support from the state, the donation of school supplies is a much needed resource.
“We are grateful for this gift and always welcome interest from local associations,” Stamps said. “The extra support not only helps parents provide for their families, but it also encourages children’s development.”
Jefferson County always needs caring foster parents. For more information on becoming a foster family, call (502) 232-KIDS (5437), or log on to http://chfs.ky.gov/.
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