Local teacher receives Foster Parent Award

Local teacher receives Foster Parent Award
Posted on 10/24/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Local teacher receives Foster Parent AwardBy: Toure' McCoy

Brooks-Quinn-Jones’ special education teacher Wendi Wallace, was recently named Single Foster Parent of the Year in Texas.

Each year, the Texas Foster Family Association hosts an annual conference. Several nominations go to the Texas Foster Family Association Board and the winner is announced at the banquet.

Wallace received the news that she was named Single Foster Parent of the Year in Texas on September 27th.

“It left me speechless, because Texas is huge. Out of [the] people who have done it longer than I have, they feel what I’m doing is recognizable,” Wallace said.

The information presented in Wallace’s nominations touching upon the additional things she does outside of caretaking, won the board over. Along with teaching and raising her foster children, she is also involved with the children’s ministry at her church.

Wallace has been a foster parent for eight-and-a-half years. She keeps about five children at a time and has had a total of 45.

“I’ve always taken in children,” she said. “I’ve always had a heart for kids that come from hard beginnings.”

On average, Wallace keeps foster kids for about 6-12 months. The longest she has ever kept one was two-and-a-half years. She admits that it’s always hard letting the children go when it’s time for them to get adopted or return to their families because of the attachment.

“I’ve been very fortunate that most of the kids’ families allow them to keep in contact with me,” she said.

Wallace’s inspiration to continue being a foster parent is seeing changes in kids. She loves making a difference in children’s lives.

Nacogdoches ISD is happy to congratulate Wallace for her hard work and honorable behavior.