Press Release - May 3, 2010

Contact:  Kelly Bachman
302-633-2501 or 302-299-9791

**MEDIA ADVISORY**


WHO

Delaware Children’s Department Cabinet Secretary Vivian Rapposelli will join over 150 foster parents, state child welfare officials, community foster care agencies, and Vicky Kelly, Psy.D., Deputy Director of the Delaware Division of Child Mental Health Services.

WHAT

The Delaware Children’s Department’s 22nd Annual Foster Care Recognition program will honor the work of foster parents who care for over 700 children in foster care throughout Delaware. Approximately 150 foster families are expected to attend. Keynote speaker Dr. Vicky Kelly will be speaking on the power of parents as sources of hurt and healing.

WHY

The 22nd Annual Foster Care Recognition program honors foster families in Delaware who have answered the call to provide safety and stability to children who have suffered abuse and neglect. Their efforts allow children in foster care to build on their self-esteem and develop a sense of hope for the future.

WHEN/WHERE

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Keynote address from 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Duncan Center, 500 W. Loockerman Street, Dover

OTHER INFO:

“Foster parents play an invaluable role in providing safety and support to children during difficult times in their lives,” said Vivian Rapposelli, Cabinet Secretary of the Delaware Children’s Department. “These foster families deserve our continued respect and gratitude for their selfless service to the children who need them the most.”