County of Los Angeles
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
425 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, California 90020
Board of Supervisors MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS DON KNABE
Board of Supervisors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2009
Contact: Louise Grasmehr or Stu Riskin
DCFS Office of Public Affairs
DCFS Social Worker Named Foster Care Hero as Part of
Los Angeles Foster Care Awareness Campaign in May
Steven Newman, a Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Children's Social Worker, is among nine individuals and one company honored as "Foster Care Heroes" in May as part of the County-wide Los Angeles Foster Care Awareness Campaign.
Every year during the Los Angeles Foster Care Awareness Campaign, a number of individuals and organizations are honored for their contributions to Los Angeles County foster youth. They are nominated by individuals and organizations involved in social services throughout Los Angeles County. A number of the honorees have been selected for overcoming adversity or for the outstanding contributions they have made in improving the lives of abused and neglected children.
Newman, a DCFS adoption social worker, will receive an honorary scroll from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors during the Board meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. Newman is a 12-year veteran of DCFS and was nominated by his colleagues because he goes above and beyond his daily job. "I work with everybody and listen to the kids," he explained.
Recently, a 16-year-old youth who had many foster placements over the years mentioned to Newman that she felt most happy running track and field. Newman remembered an adoption applicant he had met four years earlier who was a track coach. The coach's adoption placement with another child had long since been finalized, but Newman took the time to write a touching letter about this young woman to the former applicant. A week later, Newman received a reply that the former applicant offered to help find the foster youth a mentor. Newman's colleagues and supervisors say that this is the type of work he is known for.
This year's other Foster Care Hero recipients include Tereana Jolly, a non-relative extended family member; Amanda Riddle of L.A. Youth; Sue Thompson, a Court Appointed Special Advocate;
Katherine Kirkpatrick and John Michalski, foster parents; Guadalupe Valdivia, a former foster youth; Maria "Connie" Mercado, a foster mother; Beverly Marie King, a former foster youth; and Brighton Collectibles, an "Adopt a Family" sponsor.
Los Angeles Foster Care Awareness Campaign activities throughout May are coordinated by representatives from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Alliance for Children's Rights, the Dependency Court Judiciary, the Los Angeles Affiliate of the National Association of Counsel for Children, the Los Angeles County Children's Planning Council, and Public Counsel Law Center, Children's Action Network, The Association of Community Human Service Agencies (ACHSA), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Free Arts for Abused Children, The Hub, Kids in Dependency System Foster Care Program at Harbor-UCLA Medial Center (K.I.D.S.), Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).