Fairfax County Foster Parents of the Year Honored by COG

Randy and Marisa Smith, the 2012 Fairfax County Foster Parents of the Year, were honored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for their exemplary service.

The Smiths were recognized for effortlessly “bridging the gap” between their foster children and the youngsters’ birth families during placement and after reunification. They continue to be involved in these children’s lives, celebrating with their school progress and other special occasions.

The couple has three adult children and a teenager, and also remains active in the Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Association (FCFCAA), serving as the organization’s chair and co-chair for two years.

Penny Gross, the vice chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said if these parents “could package their energy as vitamins, I believe they would make a big profit. I don’t know many people who have raised three children to adulthood and still have a teenager at home who are willing and able to be great foster parents to very young children. . . . We thank them for sharing their time, talents, their gift of parenting and their love with our foster children.”

Read more about Metropolitan Washington’s Foster Parents of the Year.



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