First Lady Sheena Greitens Joins in Honoring Heroic Service to Children in Foster and Adoptive Care

Over 300 guests joined Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens in honoring resource families and agency staff for outstanding service to children in foster and adoptive care at the fourth annual Stepping Up for Kids Awards Luncheon on Oct. 6, 2017 at Norwood Hills Country Club.









Congratulations 2017 Honorees!

Front row from left:
Stephanie Littlejohn, St. Louis Family Court Juvenile Division (Honoree)
Bridget Virdure, Youth In Need (Honoree)
Guest Speaker, Missouri First Lady Sheen Greitens
Kenya Willis, Missouri Children’s Division (Honoree)
Robyne Wilson-Cima, Foster Parent (Honoree)

Second row from left:
Brenda Maly, Co-Chair, St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network
Kelly Sullivan, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (Honoree)
Janice Smith, Foster Parent (Honoree)
Yolanda West, Co-Chair, St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network
Ruth Ehresman, Vision for Children at Risk

Special thanks to:

First Lady Greitens: “It is both our aspiration and our responsibility to make Missouri the best state in the country for taking care of our foster children. Today we honor the people whose daily work moves us closer and closer to that goal. So as we celebrate our award recipients today, I want to say thank you to all of you who work every day to make sure that every child in Missouri is safe and loved.”


Our emcee, Cynthia Williams of the Washington University Brown School of Social Work for engaging and inspiring the audience.




The Riverview Gardens High School Jazz Ensemble




See a photo summary of the October 6, 2017 event and profiles of the honorees

Read a note of thanks from one of the honorees 

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Funds raised at Stepping Up for Kids help defray event costs and support the work of the St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Networka coalition of over 100 agencies, organizations and individuals dedicated to preventing abuse and neglect and providing safe, loving and permanent homes for children. The St. Louis Child Abuse & Neglect Network is the new name for the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership and the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse & Neglect, now one organization.


More information about the Stepping Up for Kids Awards