PRINCE GEORGE – For 45 years, more than 50 children have received safe, nurturing and supportive care from Prince George foster parents Doreen and Clifford Klages.

As part of Foster Family Month, Doreen and Clifford Klages were honoured yesterday at the B.C. Legislature with other long-serving foster parents. The event was hosted by Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux and Speaker of the Legislature Linda Reid. A number of MLAs also attended the recognition luncheon.

“It takes very special people to spend decades of their lives providing loving, caring, stable homes for vulnerable children and youth in our province,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “I was so proud to see Doreen and Clifford recognized for their dedication and passion as foster parents. We are grateful that this amazing couple have welcomed more than 50 children into their homes, giving them much-needed stability in a loving environment. Thank you Doreen and Clifford for making a difference.”

“People like Doreen and Clifford have changed the lives of young people for the better for many years in Prince George,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “In doing so, they have made an incredible impact on children and youth in our community.”

October is Foster Family Month in British Columbia and recognizes the important contributions foster families make in our communities.

“It was an honour to be brought down here to speak with the minister and also to have my MLA come and speak with me too,” Doreen Klages said.

First proclaimed in October 1990, the B.C. government is celebrating the 25th year of Foster Family Month.

Foster family homes are the primary placement resource for approximately 5,300 vulnerable children and youth in B.C. About 3,000 foster families open their hearts and their homes to support children and youth who are unable to live with their traditional family for reasons of abuse, neglect, emergency or tragedy.

The B.C. government works in partnership with the B.C. Federation of Foster Parent Associations (BCFFPA) to provide vital support, encouragement and a voice for B.C.’s foster parents. The BCFFPA also focuses on public awareness, and the recruitment and retention of foster parents to help build the best system of care for B.C.’s children and youth.

If you have thought about being a foster parent, please contact the Foster Line toll-free at 1-800-663-9999 or visit: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/foster.