Monday, May 1, 2017

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month

Today, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May 2017 as Foster Parent Appreciation Month to acknowledge foster parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children in foster care find permanent homes.

The Mesa County Commissioners proclaim May 2017 as Foster Parent Appreciation Month in public hearing.

In Mesa County, nearly 300 children and youth are in safe, secure and stable foster homes. More than 180 foster and kinship families in Mesa County provide those homes.

Foster parents take part in helping children and families heal and reconnect, to launch children into successful adulthood.

When children cannot be reunited with their families, foster parents often become adoptive parents.

Mesa County Department of Human Services Manager Joni Bedell talks to the commissioners about the importance of foster parents in the community. To learn more about foster care, visit 

Click here to read the proclamation.

Thank a teacher this week!

Today, in public hearing the Board of Mesa County Commissioners declared May 1-5, 2017, as Teacher Appreciation Week in Mesa County, and called upon the community to express their appreciation for educators.

Read the proclamation here.

Mesa County Commissioners present Teacher Appreciation Week proclamation to Mesa County Valley School District 51 teachers.

District 51 teachers and the District 51 Foundation members walk to the public hearing room's podium to accept the Teacher Appreciation Week proclamation.

School District 51 teachers talk to the Mesa County Commissioners about their passion for educating youth.