ACS Celebrates Foster Parent Recognition Month with Awards for Outstanding Foster Parents, Individuals and Organizations
Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) Commissioner John B. Mattingly last night honored foster parents, organizations and individuals who have made an exceptional commitment to children living in foster care in New York City. To mark National Foster Care Month, Commissioner Mattingly was joined by Executive Deputy Commissioner of Child Welfare Programs Zeinab Chahine and special guests at the Fifth Annual Golden Heart Awards Gala at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Janice Huff, WNBC meteorologist and host of the Wednesday’s Child television program, which helps find adoptive homes for children living in foster care, emceed the awards ceremony. Regina Louise, a former foster youth who was adopted at age 40, delivered an inspirational keynote address about the importance of families for children. Maria George, an extremely successful young woman who also happens to live in foster care, told her story of overcoming obstacles to reach her dreams.
Across the country, the month of May is recognized as National Foster Care Month, and special events are held in cities from coast to coast to salute the compassionate people who make a difference in the lives of children in foster care.
Caring New Yorkers who are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent can call 311 or the Parent Recruitment Hotline at 212/676-WISH. Interviews with winners or photos can be acquired through the ACS Press Office.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services protects and ensures the safety and well-being of New York City’s children and strengthens families. Formed in 1996, the agency oversees the City’s programs of child protection, foster care, adoption, preventive services, child care and Head Start.