Silt foster family recognized for efforts
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado ” Annie and Glen Delaplane of Silt were recognized by the Garfield County Department of Human Services (DHS) Tuesday afternoon for their work as foster parents.
The Delaplanes have been foster parents for one year, but in that time they have been able to help three families through the Family to Family program designed not only to help the children, but to help mentor parents in the foster program as well.
“Through this program we’ve become mentors to the parents and have been working alongside them in raising the children,” Annie said. “There are a lot of stereotypes associated with what types of people are in need of foster programs, from both sides, but it’s been nice to break down those stereotypes and work together to reunite a child with their parents.”
The Delaplanes were recognized with a certificate and a cake at the Department of Human Services in Rifle. Glen was unable to attend, but Annie and her four “kiddos” ” as she calls them ” were on hand for the presentation. Annie was thankful for the recognition but insisted that it was not only her and Glen, but rather a family effort.
“We couldn’t have done this without our kids,” Annie said. “They have been a vital part of what we do with these kids, they help in every fashion, and we couldn’t have done it without them.”
The Delaplanes’ award was the first to be given by the DHS in recognition for their contributions to the program. It’s also another way that the DHS is going to begin recognizing each family that helps out, simply because they deserve it.
“One of the pieces of the Family to Family program is resource retention and recruitment,” said program coordinator Brenda Wagner. “So recognizing them is one way to show them our appreciation.”
Recognition was not the reason why the Delaplanes got involved in the program. They simply wanted to help out kids and families in need. But being recognized for their efforts is nice, too.
“It’s very nice,” Annie said. “This award is just another unique aspect of how the county goes out of their way to recognize the foster families.”
Annie said that one of the reasons she and Glen wanted to help out was that the DHS only has about a dozen foster families in Garfield County, some of which are not accepting new foster kids. Coming in not knowing what to expect, the opportunity to help has turned into more than Annie could have ever expected.
“Our family has really been able to look outside of our four walls and participate in our community,” Annie said. “It’s been a great experience for our kids, seeing how others might live and the circumstances some children grow up in.”
The one thing that Annie stressed was not how deserving of the award or recognition that she and her family was, but how the DHS still needs much more help from others in Garfield County.
“There is a need for more families to help out,” Annie said. “There are a lot of different ways they can help, not just by being a foster family. But we do need more.”
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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