Delaware Foster Parents to be Recognized for Serving Children
Lt. Governor Denn Will Share His “Faith, Family & Foster Care” Video and Initiative
DOVER, Del. (Wednesday, May 30, 2012) – On Thursday, May 31, Lt. Governor Denn will participate in the Delaware Children’s Department’s annual foster parent conference and recognition banquet. He will speak at 9:45am followed by the video presentation.
He will join over 300 foster parents, foster care agencies, state child welfare officials, and keynote speaker Mr. Chauncey Strong.
The conference, entitled, Life Changers: Impacting Today for a Better Tomorrow will recognize the work of foster parents who care
for children throughout the state. Foster parents reaching milestones for years of service will be recognized during the event.
This annual event honors those foster families in Delaware who have answered the call to provide safety, stability, a sense of hope and help build the self-esteem of children who have suffered abuse and neglect. The event also provides foster parents the opportunity to earn training credits by attending workshops designed to better understand the needs of children in care and to improve their foster parenting skills to meet these needs.
The Lt. Governor will recognize the outstanding work done by current foster families and also talk about his new initiative, “Faith, Family & Foster Care.” The Lt. Governor will share his locally-produced five minute video featuring foster and adoptive families, and foster care recipients that will be shared all over Delaware. The video is also available on the Lt. Governor’s website athttp://ltgov.delaware.gov.
There are currently over 400 foster families in Delaware. These families do a good job, and we are very grateful for their efforts, but our current foster families are overwhelmed. With double the number of children in foster care as we have foster families and with a shortage of foster families, the state cannot choose the ideal setting for each foster child. To do that, Delaware needs to significantly increase the number of families that provide foster care/become foster parents for Delaware’s children.
Conference runs from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Keynote Address from 9:00am – 9:40am
Lt. Governor Denn presentation 9:45am – 10:00am
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Sheraton Dover Hotel
1570 N. DuPont Highway