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Boys & Girls Village Hosts Annual Foster Care Appreciation Dinner


Boys & Girls Village recently held its Foster & Adoptive Parent Appreciation Dinner, an annual event to honor the foster and adoptive families, past and present, who have welcomed children into their homes through the Boys & Girls Village Therapeutic Foster Care program. More than 120 people attended the dinner, held at the Race Brook Country Club in Orange.

Boys & Girls Village’s Therapeutic Foster Care program, which currently serves 60 children in the Greater Bridgeport, New Haven, and Waterbury areas, matches qualified foster parents with children in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF).

“Our foster parents provide loving and supportive homes for some of the state’s most vulnerable children,” said Dr. Steven Kant, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “Through our strong partnership with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, we rely on these hard-working and caring families to provide Connecticut children with a safe and stable home environment.”

Through the Therapeutic Foster Care program, foster parents are provided training, education and access to community resources that support them as they provide safe and loving homes for children. Finding permanent homes for children, whether with relatives or with committed adults in foster care, has been central to Boys & Girls Village’s mission of helping at-risk children succeed in life.

Author and dedicated foster parent Alan Cohen, who writes under the pen name Avi Morris, was a special guest at the event. His novel Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young tells the story of “Valentina,” a character based on his family’s first foster child. The story depicts her persistence, love and survival as she bravely confronts those who had brought her harm in the past. Cohen’s wife, “Barbara,” and the real life “Valentina” also attended the dinner.

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