Quality Parenting Initiative awards

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many of us have heard the saying "it takes a village to raise a kid" and that's exactly what the Children's Home Society embodies.

With more than 305 kids in our region without a place to call home, the Quality Parenting Initiative teams up with staff, foster parents and community members to provide a safe place and system of care for those children. Thursday, QPI gave special thanks to many at an award luncheon.

"QPI is a national initiative where we work together as teams to make sure our system of care, staff, foster parents, community members all work together to make our system a good place and safe place for kids," Foster Parent Mentor Specialist Jennifer Jacobus said. "And in our job, unfortunately, we don't have a lot of the happy stuff, so we try really hard to recognize when people are doing a great job."

The luncheon honored nominees based on their exceptional participation in making a difference for those children in our community.

"It's so important for people to know about our Quality Parenting Initiative because it really takes a team for our kids to be safe and also we are trying to recruit foster homes and tell people what great things our community members are doing to help support us and our foster homes," Jacobus added.

QPI hosts said one of their biggest awards, the Angel Among Us Award, was given to a pair of foster parents for going above and beyond for partnering with the system.