WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – In celebration of May being National Foster Care Month, Trumbull County Children Services held their Annual Foster Parent Recognition Dinner Tuesday night.
The theme for the dinner was, “It Takes a Village to Save a Child.”
13 foster families were honored for their five to 25 years of service, while all 70 Trumbull County foster families were acknowledged for their dedication to children and families.
Judge James A. Fredericka from the Trumbull County Probate Court was the guest speaker.
Foster families serve an important role in the community. One foster parent explained how it can be a very rewarding experience.
“We just seen there was a real need. We thought our family had a lot to offer and it’s been a journey, it’s been well worth it,” said foster parent Julie Stimpert.
Right now there are over 135 children being served by foster families, a need that has grown because of the opiate problem in the area.
“Most kids, if they can’t live in their own home, really need a loving home to be with until their family addresses the problem and can have them home,” said Trumbull County Children Services Executive Director Tim Schaffner.
For more information about National Foster Care Month or becoming a foster/adoptive parent, contact Trumbull County Children Services at (330) 372-2010.