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State’s foster parents to be honored at Frankfort reception

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2007  
Contact Information:  Denise Weider, (502) 564-2147;Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


Note to editors and producers: The following is a news advisory not for publication. Foster parents have already been invited. Reporters are invited to the reception. Please contact Anya Armes Weber for biographies of families.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 16, 2007) – Nine parents and couples from across the state will be honored at a Foster Care Month reception in Frankfort on Friday.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), the state agency that oversees the public foster care system, will present the parents with Excellence in Service Awards.

CHFS will honor the foster parents for their dedication and commitment to caring for children in custody of CHFS’ Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) because of abuse or neglect issues. The parents represent each of DCBS’ nine service regions.

The reception will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort. The center is located at 100 W. Broadway.

Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed May Foster Care Month in Kentucky.

DCBS has certified about 2,300 Kentucky households to care for foster families.

A list of foster parents and their home counties and cities follows.

2007 Kentucky Cabinet for Heath and Family Services
Excellence in Service Award Winners

Cumberland Region, Knox County (Girdler): Don and Donna Swafford
Jefferson Region, Jefferson County (Louisville): Linda and Huston Alston
Eastern Mountain Region, Perry County (Busy): Wanda Farney
Northeastern Region, Fleming County (Wallingford): Randy and Sandy Weaver
Northern Bluegrass Region, Scott County (Sadieville): Sandra and Barry Sebastian  
Salt River Trail Region, Oldham County (LaGrange): Dave and Sally Sauerbeck  
Southern Bluegrass Region, Jessamine County (Nicholasville): Janice Hukle
The Lakes Region, Fulton County (Fulton): Catherine and Mitchell (Mickey) Reilly
Two Rivers Region, Butler County (Quality): Charles and Deborah Brown   

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Last Updated 5/16/2007