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Four Colorado Foster Families Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Colorado’s Children

posted Sep 2, 2015, 3:00 PM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS
May 16, 2015 (DENVER, Colo.) – Four remarkable Colorado families were the focus of a National Foster Care Month celebration today, as each of their incredible stories were highlighted for nearly 100 people in attendance at the Governor’s Mansion.

Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recognized the families for their love, caring and dedication to Colorado’s foster kids and their selfless commitment to providing a safe home for the children in their care while working toward family reunification.

“This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Bicha. “Today, we honor Colorado’s ‘Everyday Heroes’ who open their hearts and homes to our most vulnerable children. Nearly 2,000 foster families have graciously become certified to care for Colorado’s children. It is an honor and a privilege to recognize some of our very best.”

The families honored were:
  • Jennifer and Alex Rodriguez from Roggen
  • Kim and Jesse Moses from Calhan
  • Julie Ellis and Malibu James from Aurora
  • Kurt and Jennifer Walker from Windsor
Also in attendance today were Adams County Commissioner Chaz Tedesco, Director of Denver Human Services Penny May, President of the Colorado State Foster Parent Association Bonnie McNulty, Former President Colorado State Foster Parent Association Sister Michael Allegri, Director of children and family services Adams County Human Services Jan James, and the Deputy Director of Arapahoe County Department of Human Services Angela Lytle.

Kim and Jesse Moses
Kim and Jesse have been foster parents for eight years and have cared for 22 children during that time. As foster parents, they have focused on keeping kids in their care connected with their biological family (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles) and have maintained positive connections with many of the kids long after they have left their home. Twice a year, the Moses family rents a local recreation center to host a “family reunion” for their former and current foster children and their biological families. Their generosity has inspired others to become foster parents including neighbors, friends and even one of their former foster children.

Jennifer and Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer and Alex have been foster parents for seven years and have fostered seven children during that time. They have a full house with 10 kids, six under the age of eight. In addition to their four biological children, they care for one foster child and have adopted five more children that have been in their care. As foster parents, they have focused on providing a home that would help keep siblings together. Several of their adopted children are biological siblings.

Julie Ellis and Malibu James
Julie Ellis and Malibu James have been foster parents for five years and have helped more than 21 children during that time. As foster parents, they have focused on caring for older children, with four teenagers in their care today. This couple and the teens in their care are active participants in SOAR!, a youth and adult choir for at-risk children. SOAR! helps children to become involved in a safe community of mentoring adult performers, focusing on appreciation of the arts with an emphasis on developing skills necessary for success in life.

Kurt and Jennifer Walker
Kurt and Jennifer Walker have been foster parents in Colorado for eight years and have helped 24 children during that time. They are both nurses who got involved in foster care through their jobs. The Walkers are …natal Intensive care nurses who specialize in caring for drug-addicted newborns. Their foster home is a specialized medical home where they are able to care for children with significant medical needs.
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Nicole Grabowski - CDHS,
Sep 2, 2015, 3:00 PM
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