Foster parents in Region IV, which includes Ascension Parish, and Department of Children and Family Services employees were honored at an appreciation gathering during National Foster Care Awareness Month in May.

The gathering was hosted by the River Parishes Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, the BayouLands Foster and Adoptive Parent Association and the Department of Children and Family Services.

Paulette Hayes was honored as Foster Parent of the Year. She has provided a home for more than 45 children during her 36 years as a foster parent.

Teri Hebert was named Department of Children and Family Services Region IV Worker of the Year. Hebert has spent 10 years at the agency, where she recruits and certifies foster and adoptive parents within the Home Development Unit. She also locates home placements for children.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent can call (985) 449-5055 for dates and times of orientation meetings.