Celebrating the Children

Celebrating children should be a daily occurrence and at CONCERN this is done on a routine basis. One day a year, our Southeast Regional Office takes this celebration one step further. On this day, individual children’s strengths and personal accomplishments are celebrated at a very special ceremony.

You Are A Star1

On Friday, June 27, 2014, the 5th Annual “You Are A Star Awards Ceremony and Luncheon” took place to a near capacity audience with approximately 55 guests in attendance.

You Are A Star

This celebration included foster parents and their biological children, staff, interns, a county caseworker and, of course, the children in care, where the cheers were constant as the numerous awards were presented.

Assistant Administrator Mary Kay Rafferty served as the Master of Ceremonies and Regional Director Belinda Edwards opened the program by stating, “I’m so proud of the children. It is all about you today.”

With an emphasis on recognizing that each child is uniquely special and possesses individual talents, awards were given in three primary categories – Little Star, School, and Superstars – with 36 awards presented.

The Little Star Awards were given to those who are three years of age or younger who display good behavior and who are pleasant and helpful. The School Awards were given to the school-age children who had exhibited strengths in their academic and extra-curricular pursuits.

Not every child needed to be in care to receive an award. The Superstar Awards were given in special recognition to the biological children who share their homes and their families to help a child in foster care.

The final award of the day was given to honor the memory of the office’s late Director, Diane Devlin, who was the driving force behind this event. The Diane Devlin Award was presented to the client who made a difference everyday in the home, school, and community.

After the awards presentation, a buffet luncheon was provided and the fellowship and the celebratory atmosphere continued.

A special thank you should be extended to the entire staff at the Southeast Regional Office for organizing this wonderful event as well as to our various sponsors including our Event Sponsor – Hatboro Federal Savings and Luncheon Sponsor – Luft & Company.

 

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CONCERN Foster Care; Changing Minds

bob-morakBefore joining CONCERN as a student intern, I did not know much about the organization and did not know much about foster care other than what I heard on the news and of the different stigmas associated with foster care from others.  Too often I had only heard of the bad about foster care and not enough of the good.  I do know that I wanted to learn more about CONCERN and foster care and I had the opportunity when I met a woman who has fostered (along with her husband) six different children since becoming a foster parent with CONCERN in December of 2012.  This experience has changed my whole perspective about foster care.

I had so many questions for her and each question was answered with an honest response.  I learned so much in the brief amount of time I spent with her.  What I learned from her that being a foster parent was nothing like the stereotypes shared by other people or what I had heard or read about.  The fact is not every situation is a bad situation for the children who live in foster care.  What people fail to realize is regardless of the reasons why the children have been placed into foster care, it is always in the best interests of the child.  Living with strangers is not easy, but they need responsible and dependable adults in their lives.  This is why it is so important to help spread awareness about CONCERN and foster care in order to give the children what we all wanted growing up – Family, Stability, and Love.

The best part about the experience with meeting this foster parent was to see the foster parent’s biological children playing and having fun with the children they fostered.  They (the foster children) were just another sibling who was part of the family.  My experience with this foster parent has definitely changed my perspective about foster care for the better.

 

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Here’s Ronald giving Lilly a “Pep Talk” before Cow Plop Bingo

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s COW PLOP BINGO.

Once again the winning ticket was sold by CONCERN!!!!!

The winner was our very own Stephany Gallagher, Adoption Specialist from the Lehigh Valley office, and the winning ticket was “V5” with a prize of $1,000!

This year’s fundraising efforts through Cow Plop Bingo total over $950.

Ronald Give Lilly a Pep Talk before CPB

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