LITTLE ROCK — Foster parents from across the state were honored at an awards luncheon Tuesday in Little Rock for their efforts to support children in foster care and their families.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Children and Family Services named Andrew and Amy Baker of Searcy the statewide Foster Family of the Year and presented regional awards to foster parents in each of its 10 service areas.
The area winners are: Ben and Lora Yother of Greenwood; Shantel Moore of Sherwood; Cory and Shannon Stocks of Centerton; Charles and Ginger Blue of Nashville; Terra Cobb of Texarkana; Steve and Ruth Haile of Conway; Bryan and Kassie Atwood of White Hall; Jesse and Laurie Romine of Salem; Keith and Karen Spencer of West Memphis; and Tate and Tammy Pfaffenberger of DeWitt.
Family service workers, school personnel and child advocates submitted nominations for the awards. The awards honor foster parents for years of service, willingness to take hard-to-place children, child advocacy and reunification efforts with biological families.
DCFS also recognized Kim Laffoon of Searcy, who volunteers with White County Court Appointed Special Advocates, as Partner Volunteer of the Year, and Patricia Lucas of Forrest City as DCFS Volunteer of the Year.
DCFS is responsible for the safety of 5,200 children in foster care, most of whom are in home settings with foster families.