On May 11, the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis recognized six sets of foster parents at the Kiwanis Faith, Hope & Love Award Luncheon.
Two of the recipients the club honored for their contributions to their community were KidsPeace foster parents Juan Ballesteros and Amy Smallman.
The couple has fostered children of many races and ages by taking the necessary trainings to care for these children with specific needs. In the past four years, they have fostered 14 children who were emotionally and physically impaired. They cared for these children by showing them what it meant to be a part of a family.
An application submitted to nominate Juan and Amy lauds them for being team players who have always had positive relationships with case managers, agency staff and birth parents. They have constant communications with school staff to ensure the children’s educational needs are being met. In addition they provide support at all of the foster children’s court hearings and meetings and input on the best interests of the children.
Juan and Amy have also committed their time by getting involved with other foster parents and groups. They mentor new foster parents by providing them support when it comes to addressing certain behavioral issues. This goes to show that they are always willing to help out anyone in need.