Santa Rosa, CA – November 7, 2019 – The Sonoma
County Family, Youth and Children’s Services (FYC) Division Director, a social
worker and two foster parents were honored with top awards by the California Department
of Social Services on Sunday, October 12, 2019. FYC Division Director Nick
Honey was named Outstanding Director, LCSW Juana Marquez was named Outstanding
Social Worker, and Michelle and Brandon K. were named Outstanding Foster
Parents of the Year. The ceremony was held during the California State
Foster Parent Association’s 43rd
annual conference in Ontario, CA.
All were nominated by the local non-profit Redwood Empire
Foster Parent Association.
“These awards honoring those who support foster children and
families are very well-deserved,” says Sonoma County Human Services Department
Director Karen Fies. “Nick has helped Sonoma County foster children for more
than 26 years and is seen as a leader among his peers throughout the state.
Juana’s seven years with the County has made a positive difference in so many
foster children’s and families’ lives. And I’m always so moved by the
dedication of foster families such as The K family who opened
their home to several foster children in the past five years. We thank all of
them for their service to our community’s children and youth.”
In Sonoma County, 766 children and youth were in foster care
for some part of 2018. They were cared for by community foster parents,
relatives, at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, group homes or
transitional homes for foster youth who are working or going to school.
The California State Foster Parent
Association, Inc. (CSFPA) provides support, advocacy, resources and
education to all California Resource Families/Foster Parents. Its purpose is to
bring together all Foster Parent/Resource Family associations throughout
California to work together to promote the general welfare of children that
need protective care.