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NEWS & NOTES
The South Bend office held its annual foster parent banquet on Friday, May 4, and several foster parents were recognized for their efforts this past year:
Jeremy and Rebecca Zeiger received a Model of Care award for Relationship and Belonging. They were recognized for accepting a sibling group of four girls who had been sexually, emotionally and physically abused. The children’s biological mother suffers from mental health issues, and the girls themselves have behavioral issues and poor boundaries. However, Jeremy and Rebecca have shown great patience and respect with the mother and the girls have made progress since being placed in their home. (pictured with Chanel Dickson)
Lavon and Frieda Yoder were named Rookies of the Year, and praised for their exceptional work since they were licensed six months ago. One example: in the case of a child placed with them on a short-term placement, they voluntarily offered to take him to and from his current school (a 45-minute trip each way) so that he would not have to change schools. They received the award from staff member Dawn Harris.
Also recognized were staff members of the South Bend office: (left to right) Laura Vincent, Hilari Weldon, Chanell Dickson, Dawn Harris, Kristie Jacobsen, Nancy Klopfenstein and Tami Maier.
KidsPeace Foster Care’s South Bend office celebrated the hard work and dedication of our Foster Parents with a banquet hosted by Coalbush United Methodist Church and catered by Adoption Attorney Debra Voltz-Miller on Friday, May 12. Foster Parents developed new relationships by participating in a Human Bingo game, followed by a presentation by Family Resource Specialist Tami Maier on Developmental Relationships.
In addition, the office presented several awards to foster parents:
Lifetime Achievement—Andy and Naomi Ball
KidsPeace Overall Model of Care—Dave and Wendy Wright
Character – Jesse and Bonnie Gathright
Dignity—Michael and Emily Tefft
Relationship & Belonging—Mark and Amy McIntosh
Safety—Dave and Amber Hipskind
Transformation—Santos and Natalie Fernandez
First Church of God in Nappanee delivered 28 duffle bags for foster children with comfort items in them and a personal note. Our many thanks to the congregation.
Pictured: Diane Bennett, Tami Maier(Family Resource Specialist) Pastor Sam Bennett
When Allison Sumrall and a group of friends heard that children being placed in foster care were bringing their belongings in trash bags, she decided to act. Along with the organization Together We Rise, Allison arranged for the donation to KidsPeace FCCP of ten “Sweet Cases” – a duffle bag filled with a blanket, stuffed animal, color book and crayons and some personal hygiene products for the children coming in to foster care.
“These kids feel lost enough when they’re taken out of their biological homes,” she said. “They should not feel their belongings are trash!” Children receiving a “Sweet Case” have been thrilled to have a bag and comfort items of their own.