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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2008

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Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287, jeanne.atkinson@dhhs.ne.gov

DHHS Honors Central Nebraska Foster Families

May is National Foster Care Month

LincolnFoster parents provide loving, temporary homes for children placed in foster care because their own families are in crisis and can’t provide for their well being due to neglect, abuse and abandonment.

"It’s a privilege to honor these outstanding and caring foster parents," said Yolanda Nuncio, administrator for the Central Service Area in DHHS. "They were chosen because of their dedication to the children in their care, and the positive difference they make in the lives of children every day."

DHHS caseworkers nominated these central Nebraska foster families in recognition of their dedication to the children who come to their homes for care.

  • Bob and Brenda Chop of Ravenna
  • John and Patsy Thorpe of Franklin
  • Daniel and Heather Warnock of Central City
  • Jim and Sue Hamilton of Grand Island
  • David and Becky Grafton of St. Libory
  • Bill and Jacqueline Janssen of Litchfield
  • Bill and Rhonda Hoselton of Hastings
  • Joe & Eileen Nelson of Trumbull

Each foster parent will be given a special travel mug, gift card, and certificate of recognition.

Foster families, relative caregivers, volunteers and the child welfare professionals who serve them are honored each May during Foster Care Month, Nuncio said. She encouraged people to call 1-800-7PARENT to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

Additional information about foster parenting can be found at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/chs_foc_focindex.aspx

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