“Stepping Up for Kids” Honors Outstanding Service to Kids in Foster and Adoptive Care

An audience of 280 guests joined the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership in celebrating all who give of themselves to care for children in foster and adoptive care at the second annual Stepping Up for Kids luncheon on Oct. 9, 2015, at Norwood Hills Country Club. Stepping Up for Kids awards were presented to resource families and  agency staff for providing outstanding service to children.

IMGP3622b-webPictured are front row from left, honorees Ed Vazquez (St. Louis Family Court), Jennifer LaVelle (Missouri Children’s Division), Lynn Zollicofer (Missouri Baptist Children’s Home), Ramona Brooks (foster parent), Edna Green (Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition) and Abigail Bell (Children’s Permanency Partnership). Back row, from left, Ruth Ehresman (St. Louis Family & Community Partnership and Vision for Children at Risk), honorees Robert and Tiffany Slouffman (foster parents) and Family & Community Partnership co-chairs Mike Fitzgerald and Brenda Maly.

Tim Decker, Missouri Children’s Division director, gave inspiring remarks on how the Division is utilizing the Five Domains of Wellbeing to provide more equity and inclusion in their services to children and families. Debbie Monterrey of KMOX  gave a positive and warm tone to the event as emcee in her fourth appearance at a Partnership event. The Riverview Gardens High School Ensemble provided jazz music.  LaDonna Ellis of Youth In Need saluted the honorees with her stirring rendition of the song, “Hero.”

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Thanks to all those who purchased sponsorships to help make this possible:

Gold Event Sponsor: Incarnate Word Foundation.

Blue Ribbon Table Sponsors: Children’s Permanency Partnership, Family Resource Center, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, Missouri Foundation for Health, Places for People, Saint Louis Partners.

Silver Event Sponsors: St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund, Thompson Coburn.

Leadership Table Sponsors: Epworth Children & Family Services, Every Child’s Hope, Fostering Healthy Children/Cardinal Glennon, Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, Great Circle, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies, Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services, St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse & Neglect, St. Louis College of Health Careers, Vazquez Family, Youth In Need.