Monday, May 4, 2020

May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month

Joe Kellerby, Director of Child Welfare for the Department of Human Services, accepts the Foster Care Appreciation Month Proclamation presented by the Mesa County Commissioners during the public hearing Monday, May 4, 2020.

Today the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May 2020, as Foster Parent Appreciation Month in Mesa County.

Every child deserves a safe, loving, and permanent home. Sadly, there are abused and neglected children who come into the care of the Mesa County Department of Human Services every day.

May is Foster Care Appreciation Month in Mesa County.


In Mesa County, there are over 100 children and youth in foster care being provided with a safe, secure, and stable home. These children often have unique medical, psychological, or physical needs.

Foster care providers give these children a safe environment where patience, kindness, and caring can be learned and where each child’s life can change for the better.

DHS Director of Child Welfare Joe Kellerby briefs the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on the importance of foster parents, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through partnerships with families, child welfare staff, and public and private agencies, there is a collaborative effort to ensure that children in Mesa County are supported and successful.

During National Foster Parent Month, we celebrate all those who have invited a child in need into their hearts and into their homes and express our appreciation for all who help make foster care possible.

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