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Local couple awarded ‘Foster Parents of the Year’ ORDER OF

by Deanna Mitchener acknowledged due to telephone calls, and FEATURE:
the way the Alberta invited family to the Century 21
Each year foster F o s t e r P a r e n t children's sports events
parents are recognized Association is set up. etc. They also included Alpine Realty 3%
throughout the region E a c h y e a r o n e older siblings in visits
for their dedication to aboriginal foster family and activities to keep the
care for children during and one non-aboriginal children connected,” Royal
a very delicate time in family are chosen to said Lachance.
their life. receive the Foster “Gary and Judy also
Having foster parents Parent of the Year worked very well with
s u p p o r t i n g t h e s e award." the kinship family who
children to reach their "Gary and Judy took the kids after a long
full potential and Dodsworth from Edson transition involving
embrace their goals and were nominated for visits, telephone calls,
dreams is a vital part of Foster Parent of the Year a n d n u m e r o u s FEATURE
being a foster parent. f o r 2 0 1 5 . T h e discussions with the
These families open Dodsworth's took in two kids to prepare them for
their homes for infants children from what was the move to their forever Gary and Judy Dodsworth received Foster Parent of the Year in recognition
to teens offering a only going to be three home. Gary and Judy for their dedication and care for children. The Dodworths have been
caring, loving home for m o n t h s , b u t t h e are also very involved in fostering for 23 years.
these children to learn placement turned into attending training as
the life skills needed to one and a half years. often as possible. Over
become successful. T h e y w e r e v e r y the 23 years that Gary the children, but we foster care. People I able to give them up. CENTURY 21
Children in foster committed and attached and Judy have been receive so much more in have spoken to over the That's not true, you
homes come from a to the children and fostering they have return. Watching them years think you just get never give them up, you
variety of cultural, provided them with cared for 22 children in grow and excel at new any child dumped on are giving to them
racial, ethnic, and excellent care,” said their home," said opportunities, sharing in you. That is not the case. –that's a big difference."
religious backgrounds. Lachance. Lachance. their goals and dreams, They don't understand Other recipients in the
Margaret Lachance, “Gary and Judy Judy Dodsworth said, and then having those that we all have region were given
RSW foster care and included the children in "We have never done come within reach, is so advocates. The child has awards for their five
kinship care worker, their family vacations. foster care to get any rewarding. Many foster their own advocate and year, 10, 15, 20, 25 and
s a i d , " I t i s v e r y They worked very well recognition. We do it to children stay in touch there is an advocate for o n e 4 5 y e a r s o f
important that all foster with the professionals, help the children and the even in their adult the foster parents. They commitment. If anyone
parents know they are caseworkers, school, families. In many cases years." do their best to tailor w o u l d l i k e m o r e
d e s e r v i n g o f and therapists. And they children and their Gary said, "Kids help children that fit your information about
recognition and award also worked very well families are reunited. keep you mentally and personalities. Others becoming a foster FEATURE
for all the hard work with the natural family There are many positive physically agile. I am have told me they were parent they can call
they do. However, only and ensured the kids outcomes through surprised that there are considering doing foster Margaret Lachance at
two families per region were available for fostering. It is a two- s t i l l s o m a n y care but wouldn't be 780-723-8323.
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