We are pleased to announce that Robin Whiting, one of our incredible foster and adoptive parents, has been recognized as a 2018 Casey Excellence for Children Award recipient.

Robin Whiting has adopted five children and fostered more than 30, most of them needing extensive medical care. A trained emergency medical technician, neonatal nurse and the first female firefighter in Brevard County, Fla., she helped launch the county’s Medical Foster Care Program, which helps foster parents care for medically fragile children. While serving as a medical foster care coordinator in 2004, Ms. Whiting met Robie, an 11-month-old boy whom doctors said would never walk, talk or thrive. Ms. Whiting adopted Robie, and today he walks, talks, rides horses, swims, kayaks and is the very picture of happiness. Since welcoming Robie into her family, Ms. Whiting has adopted three of Robie’s biological sisters and a 2-year-old girl with a history of three open-heart surgeries.

The Casey Excellence for Children Awards were presented at a reception in Seattle on January 9 and recognized outstanding individuals and leaders who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America. Award winners were selected in five categories: birth parents, alumni of foster care, foster or adoptive parents, kinship caregivers and child welfare leaders.

Congratulations Robin and thank you for your commitment and dedication to our children and families.