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DHS News Newsletter May 2009

Outstanding Foster Parents of the Year honored for dedication to needs of children, families

May 2009

DHS recently presented the 2009 Outstanding Foster Parents of the Year award to Steve and Amy Morrison, of Whitaker. The Morrisons were honored for their ability to recognize and meet the needs of the foster children in their care, whether those needs are physical, social or practical. Additionally, they were recognized for demonstrating compassion for the birth parents and playing an active role toward reunifying families. 

Over the past two years, the Morrisons have welcomed 19 foster children into their home. In order to meet the needs of the foster girls and boys who joined their family, the Morrisons regularly made major adjustments in their lives, including frequently rearranging bedrooms and routinely adjusting their personal schedules.

“Steve and Amy, along with their five children, provide a wonderful example of a family that takes extra efforts to make a comfortable and safe place for children,” said Denise Allen Brown, Regional Office Director, DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). “We were pleased to honor Steve and Amy with this award.”

For the past nine years, in recognition of May as National Foster Parent Month, DHS has hosted an appreciation dinner to honor foster parents associated with the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families.

This year, the Morrisons were honored in front of other foster parents and faster care staff aboard the Gateway Clipper Princess on May 8.

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