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Children Services honors foster parents

6/19/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SOUTH AKRON — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) recently held its 64th Annual Foster Parent Recognition event to honor the dedicated local foster parents who open their homes to area children in need of stability in their lives. 

Among the area foster parents receiving special recognition at the event were:

  • Retiring Foster Parents: Together, the following individuals fostered a total of 378 children during their combined 110 years of service: Regina Gladman, of West Akron, 28 years of service; Annabelle Brice, of South Akron, 24 years of service; Susan Minick, of Mogadore, 22 years of service; John and Patricia Gilbert, of North Akron, 20 years of service; and John and Thelma Phillips Sr., of Green, 16 years of service.
  • Longevity Awards — 15, 20 and 25-Plus Years of Service: Barbara Carey, of North Akron; Robert and Arlene Diehl, of Canton; Harry and Willie Belle Hamilton, of West Akron; Keith and Janet Hammond, of Stow; Gerald and Catherine McCausland, of Stow; and Jude Mericle, of Elyria, all 15 years; and Deborah Dardie Griffin, of West Akron, and Kenzie and Deloise Jenkins Jr., of Barberton, 20 years.
  • 10 Years of Service: Yolanda Davis, of Akron; Jeffery and Sharon Fuelling, of Springfield; Troy and Angelita Jackson, of West Akron; Julie Schafer, of Fairlawn; Sandra Thornton, of West Akron; Tina Tucker, of South Akron; Bruce VanCamp, of Tallmadge; and Tolliver and Jonilon Vaughn, of West Akron.
  • Also recognized were 35 area foster parents marking five years of service and 61 area foster parents celebrating their first year of service.
  • Foster Care Month Slogan Contest Winners: Joshua and Kristen Patton, of Ravenna, whose slogan, “Fostering Makes the World a Better Place,” was used to celebrate local Foster Care Month activities in 2014; and the McCauslands, whose slogan, “Be a Hero — Foster a Child” will be used to celebrate local Foster Care Month activities in 2015.

As of May of this year, SCCS had approximately 230 children in foster care, nearly 500 licensed foster parents and 221 licensed foster or foster-to-adopt homes. However, according to SCCS officials, there is always a need for more foster parents. To learn more about becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent, call SCCS at 330-379-1990 or visit www.summitkids.org.

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