FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2016) – Kentucky’s First Lady Glenna Bevin and Gov. Matt Bevin hosted the 2016 Foster Care and Adoption Appreciation Dinner at the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The First Lady’s Office, in partnership with the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), organized this dinner to honor foster and adoptive families throughout the Commonwealth for their dedication to making a difference in the lives of children within the child welfare system. Regional directors and social workers were asked to nominate families who have displayed an exceptional dedication to the foster care community.
“There are currently over 8,000 children in the state welfare system in need of a loving home. It is my hope that others will join our mission to help raise awareness for the necessity of foster and adoptive parents in Kentucky,” said Mrs. Bevin. “We will continue hosting this dinner to show the Commonwealth’s appreciation for adoptive and foster families.”
Speakers included Sec. Vickie Brown Yates Glisson and Deputy Secretary Judge Tim Feeley from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. DCBS Commissioner Adria Johnson presented awards to those families honored at the dinner.
“Hats off to the foster parents for bringing these children into their homes and making them part of their families. What a splendid way to reach out and give back to so many youngsters. It means so much to these young people to establish the family relationships that will shape their lives for years to come,” said Sec. Glisson.
“As we salute the parents, we want them to remember that we need more families to step up,” Sec. Glisson continued. “Tell your friends, neighbors, church members and club members that there are still so many young people who need families to commit to nurturing a child as a step in ensuring a better life for them.”
This event was one of many highlighting the Bevin Administration’s commitment to making Kentucky a model for child and family advocacy.