FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Thirteen Kentucky families have been recognized for their roles as foster parents to some of the state's most vulnerable children.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services presented awards to the families at a Frankfort reception on Thursday. The cabinet is the agency that oversees the public foster care system.
Nine families received an Excellence in Service Award for outstanding support of Kentucky's families and children. Four families received a Longevity Award for 25 or more years of service.
The families were honored for their dedication and commitment to caring for children in custody of the Department of Community Based Services due to abuse and neglect issues.
Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes says being a foster parent requires hard work, dedication and limitless love.
About 7,200 children are in out-of-home care in Kentucky.
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