County celebrates foster parents’ hard work

Foster parent banquet in Montgomery County. (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)
Foster parent banquet in Montgomery County. (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – May is Foster Care Appreciation Month.

Montgomery County Children’s Services rolled out the red carpet Friday night to celebrate its foster parents.

An appreciate banquet was held at the Haines Children’s Center.

Approximately 700 children are in foster care in Montgomery County.

One parent says his 14-year-old son changed his life.

“It’s been a wonderful thing. It was something that I started to do as far as thought I was going to make a difference in his life, but it turned out that he’s made a huge impact in my life,” said Robert Dean, foster parent.

“Parenting is one of the hardest things that people do and what these folks are doing is being willing to take in children that are not their own and give them a safe place, and help guide them, really direct them so we just really feel like we should thank them and let them know that we really appreciate everything that they do,” said Lisa Dietrich, Montgomery County Children’s Services.

The Foster Parent Appreciation Banquet started more than 25 years ago and has grown ever since.

Nearly 200 people were expected to attend the event.

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