WASHOE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES – Washoe County’s Department of Social Services (WCDSS) will present the first “Angel Among Us” Award to longtime foster parent Virdell Weston, Wednesday, April 10. The award presentation will take place at 6 p.m. during the Foster/Adopt Support Group of Northern Nevada meeting held at the Early Learning Program on Foster Drive in Reno.
Weston has fostered 57 children in the past 13 years and is no longer taking in foster children due to her health, but has worked so well with birth parents and foster children that the Social Services team believes she represents what the “Angel Among Us Award” is all about.
“Virdell came to us through a push we did to recruit foster families from our existing child care providers and she has spent a lifetime dedicated to working with children,” said Kristy Baker, supervisor for foster parent liaisons.
To learn more about foster care and training to be a foster parent, the WCDSS has posted a recruitment video that answers many frequently asked questions at. To view the video click here. Visit the Washoe County Department of Social Services for more information, or call 775-337-4470.
The primary goal of WCDSS is to protect children and strengthen families by working to resolve concerns that caused the initial removal of the child from his or her primary home, such as abuse or neglect. Parents whose children are in foster care have 12-18 months from the time of their child`s removal to remedy these issues. During this time, the intent of WCDSS is to return children to the care of their biological parents.