Nominations open for Foster Care Review Board's annual awards

The Foster Care Review Board (FCRB) is seeking nominations for its annual Child Welfare Awards which honor judges, lawyers, foster care workers, and foster parents for exemplary service to children in Michigan's foster care system.

FCRB Program Manager James Novell said that "The awards recognize those who protect, care for, and advocate for foster care children and their parents. These people have tremendous responsibilities, yet receive little, if any, recognition. The Child Welfare Awards were established to honor them and call attention to their difficult and demanding work."

Categories include "Jurist of the Year" (judges and referees), "Foster Care Worker of the Year," "LGAL of the Year" (lawyer-guardian ad litem), "Foster Parent of the Year," and "Parent Attorney of the Year." All nominees will receive a congratulatory letter from the Foster Care Review Board informing them of their nomination and thanking them for their service.

The deadline is Friday, Sept 6. Award recipients will be recognized at the FCRB annual training conference on Thursday, Nov. 7, in Bay City. Nomination forms are available online at http://www.courts.mi.gov/administration/scao/officesprograms/fcrbp/pages/child-welfare- awards.aspx.

For additional information, contact Kathy Lohr at LohrK@courts.mi.gov or at 313-972-3288.

Published: Wed, Sep 4, 2013