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Children & Youth Services

Posted on: May 23, 2017

[ARCHIVED] May is Foster Care Month

Foster Care Month

The commissioners recognized May as Foster Care Month. Michele Kristofco, Community Relations Specialist for the Health and Human Service’s Office of Children and Youth (OCY), discussed how foster care offers help to children who need stable, loving care until they can either safely reunite with their families, or establish other lifelong relationships with a nurturing adult. Michele noted that today in Montgomery County there are 320 children in temporary foster care due to family circumstances that made them unsafe in their home. There are 90 county licensed foster homes and many more licensed by private foster care agencies providing temporary caretaking for children. Foster families play a vital role in helping families reconnect and heal, working directly with birth parents to promote family reunification. Michele commended the work of Chrissy Calcagni, OCY Foster Home Supervisor, Bill Carroll, OCY Foster Home Recruiter, and Rebecca Jadczak, OCY Family Support Worker and all of the other county staff working to provide loving homes to foster children throughout the county. Foster Parents Jessica Reigner and Michelle Mishook stood up and told how rewarding it is to serve as foster parents and highlighted the unsung and excellent work of the county staff that have supported them along the way. The commissioners thanked the parents and hard-working OCY staff for all they do to keep kids safe in the county. Pictured are: Chrissy Calcagni, Foster Home Supervisor, Commissioner Arkoosh, Commissioner Lawrence, Michele Kristofco, Community Relations Specialist, Michelle Mishook, Foster Parent, Bill Carroll, Foster Home Recruiter, Jessica Reigner, Foster Parent, and Commissioner Gale.

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