A Bulloch County couple was recognized this week as Foster Caregivers of the Year for Georgia.
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services honored Olivia and John Egan with the agency’s highest award for foster parents during the Third Annual Foster Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon in Atlanta.
The Egans were chosen from among foster parents nominated by case managers who make monthly visits and regularly interview the children in their care.
Two years ago, the Egans welcomed a special needs child into their home as foster parents. During that time, the biological father has begun to mirror the techniques of the Egans and the father was able to begin unsupervised visits in 2017. The Egan’s said they are pleased with the relationship and will continue to provide support when the two are reunited.
“We’re proud of all of our foster parents because of the very vital role they play in caring for the state’s 15,000 children in foster care,” said Virginia Pryor, director of the state’s child-welfare agency. “These honored today, though, are very special because of the way they go above and beyond what we ask of caregivers.”
“Mr. and Mrs. Egan exemplify qualities of exceptional foster caregivers and take their role very seriously,” Pryor said. “They are self-motivated and take steps to ensure that the foster children in their home are provided with the best resources and services that their community offers.”
Through constant communication with the Resource Development Staff and Permanency Case Managers, the Egans continue to demonstrate what it means to give HOPE to our children and families, Pryor said.
The honorees were celebrated at a luncheon at the Hilton Atlanta hotel. The master of ceremonies this year was Willie Moore Jr., a nationally syndicated radio personality who was adopted as a child.
The luncheon and awards are part of National Foster Care Month, an event to highlight the work of foster caregivers and to encourage others to step forward to either support foster parents or to become foster parents.
To learn more about becoming a foster parent, or ways to support them, call (800) 210-KIDS or go to www.fosterGeorgia.com.