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Maxine Archibald was born into an abusive household and spent her early childhood severely ill. She credits a child welfare worker for removing her from her birth father when she was 9 and placing her with loving foster parents. For 13 years her forever family raised her. Looking back on her life, she believes her marriage, her children, grandchildren, and her business career, would have not been possible if not for her foster parents.
For Traci Lucien, 51, of Laurel, Maryland, the bond formed with her daughter before they ever met. Lucien first laid eyes on her daughter, Talynn, 9, through AdoptUSKids’ national photolisting of children in foster care available for adoption. At the time, Talynn was living in a foster home in another state. They talked on the phone, exchanged letters, but Lucien knew she had to meet this child.
Tina Cawley, an adoption social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in Hyannis, is our May Caseworker of the Month. Cawley was nominated for the award by her supervisor because of her dedication to providing trauma-informed care to the children and families she serves.
During May, the child welfare community pauses to recognize foster parents and thank them for their service to vulnerable children, youth, and families. Agencies across the country hold banquets, programs, and other creative events to honor foster parents.
Wendy LaBate, a family case manager for the Indiana Department of Child Services, is our April Caseworker of the Month. LaBate was nominated for the award because of the post-placement support she provided to help an adoptive placement flourish.