Foster parents thanked

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Commissioners recognized May as National Foster Care Month during their past meeting and acknowledged the area’s foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community to who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

The county has 31 foster homes. There were 11 new homes licensed in 2013. There are currently 31 children so housed. 19 are in foster care, with 12 in kinship and two in group homes.

The commissioners recognized Angel and Jason Baker as foster care parents of the year. They have been certified foster parents since November, 2009. During that time they have had nine different placements of various ages.

DJFS Director Vince Gianangeli noted that Family Services serves people from birth to death.

“The children that entered their home were all different, but the one thing that never changed was the love and care that each child received the minute they stepped into their home,” Gianangeli stated in a release. “Both Jason and Angel are active and enthusiastic participants not only in the lives of the children they foster, but also the family members working to reunify with their children. It is this willingness to work with families that makes this award that much more special.”

Commissioners also acknowledged the Baker children, Hannah and Elijah.

For more information, call the DJFS at (740) 381-6722.

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