Meet the Andersons - 2019 Foster Parents of the Year
Jeffrey and Shannon Anderson have been honored as the 2019 Foster Parents of the Year for Fairfax County by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). The Andersons have eight daughters, six biological and two adopted, ranging in age from 6 months to 12 years months. When they got the call to care for a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with a critical heart condition and in need of a transplant, they didn’t hesitate to open their home and their hearts. Although the boy received a new heart, he encountered significant complications. The Andersons spent sleepless nights in the hospital by his side. Unfortunately, he recently passed away. The Anderson family is devastated as they continue to grieve this terrible loss. In honor of the Andersons’ foster son, COG will donate $2,500 to support medically fragile children within the foster care system. Check out their heartbreaking yet heartwarming story.
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Meet the Zellers - 2018 Foster Parents of the Year
The Zeller family was honored as the 2018 Foster Parents of the Year for Fairfax County by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The Zellers parented a 2-year-old who joined their family at 14 months of age. Despite facing many personal challenges in the past year, the Zeller family continued to provide exemplary care for the child by being proactive in utilizing professional supports and advocating for the child's needs. The Zellers strive to maintain relationships with children and birth parents whom they have previously fostered. Check out their story!