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Foster parents honored

October 31, 2005

Fran and John Sandridge of Hagerstown were recently named Foster Parents of the Year by the Washington County Department of Social Services.

Nominated by Nancy Hopkins, Family Services caseworker, the Sandridges were Washington County's first black resource home for children in 1990. Fifteen years and 32 children later, the Sandridges are continuing to open their home to children and youth of all ages and special needs. The Sandridges are both birth and adoptive parents.

"Our agency is very fortunate to have the Sandridge family as a resource for our foster children," said David Engle, director of Social Services. "Their care, compassion and commitment to Washington County youth serve as an inspiration to us all."

The Sandridges were recognized in May as Washington County's Foster Parents of the Year by Secretary Christopher McCabe of the State of Maryland's Department of Human Resources at a regional ceremony at the Frederick County (Md.) Department of Social Services.

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According to McCabe, "Foster-care workers and parents perform incredible acts of human kindness every day, so this one day is really a tribute to the work they do every day. They give these children a home and a place to go after school - where they can live, learn and be a young boy or girl without being assaulted by many of the harsh realities of the past."

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