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Foster Parents celebrated in Jefferson County

Updated: Wednesday, May 14 2014, 06:08 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- Foster parents throughout Jefferson County are in the spotlight.
May is National Foster Care Month. On Wednesday, Jefferson County family service workers and foster families celebrated by releasing balloons in honor of foster parents.
"I don't know what we would do without them," said Betty Ferron, director of Jefferson County Job and Family Services. "It's just heartwarming. I always said today is the highlight of my job when it comes to these kids. It's heartwarming."
Foster parents stood by their kids as dozens of balloons were released into the sky.  
Each balloon represents a foster family in Jefferson County. It was a special moment for Janice Hague, who decided to become a foster parent after losing her own child.
"I found out I was pregnant and it was a tub pregnancy," she said. "I was rushed to the hospital, and I lost one of my fallopian tubes and it crushed me. I still get emotional over it."
After that, Hague was unable to have kids. So she and her husband decided to become foster parents.
Since then, they've had 38 kids in their home. Today they have four boys who they adopted.
Hague remembers taking in one of those boys who was badly beaten.
"He was 4-and-a-half months old from Children's Hospital," she said. "We picked him up and he had 8 broken ribs, a hemorrhaged eye, and 25 bruises from head to toe."
Steven years later, Toby is doing great with his permanent family.
The other three boys are now much older are busy in school and sports.
If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, contact the Jefferson County Job and Family Services.

Foster Parents celebrated in Jefferson County


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