Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) December 1, 2008
California foster agency social worker and entrepreneur Stewart Gordon was recently recognized for his outstanding professional work and dedication. Gordon was honored on November 4 with a Heroes of Human Services Award for his distinguished service and invaluable contributions to the children in foster care in Sacramento County.
The award was bestowed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors as part of Sacramento County's Human Services Week. Ten honorees and 17 honorable-mention candidates were recognized during the event.
"It is truly an honor to receive this award, but more importantly, the award represents and acknowledges all those dedicated individuals and organizations who are improving the lives of foster children in Sacramento County and nationwide," Gordon said. "I hope the award brings awareness to those individuals and organizations and the invaluable service they render to the community."
Gordon is the founder of FosterCareCentral.org, an innovative Website that serves as a "national hub" for foster-care information and resources. He created the Website to bring information, resources and people together to improve the lives of foster children nationwide. "Foster Care Central is bringing foster care into the mainstream," Gordon said. "One of our goals is to change the negative stigma of foster care and bring this crisis into the national spotlight to help the children rather than letting them fall through the cracks of society."
Foster Care Central is a free Website that gives foster parents, social workers, mentors and others who are involved in the lives of foster children a central place to communicate, interact and access resources. The site also helps to train, educate and recruit foster parents--which the system badly needs. Visitors can take advantage of discussion forums, groups, videos, education and resource listings. "Foster Care Central is unique because it capitalizes on social-networking tools to harness the power of the members' community to make change," Gordon said.
With more than half a million children, the nation's foster-care system is in desperate need of real change, according to Gordon. Despite the passionate efforts of foster-care social workers and foster parents, the system is in a crisis. Statistics indicated that an estimated:
- 35 percent of children in the system pass through three or more placements.
- 46 percent fail to complete high school.
- 84 percent become an unwed parent.
- 70 percent of all state penitentiary inmates have spent time in the foster-care system.
However, Foster Care Central provides a tool that stakeholders can use to make a difference in the foster-care system. To learn more about Foster Care Central, please visit http://www.FosterCareCentral.org or call Stewart Gordon directly at (916) 284-9790. A video clip of Gordon's award acceptance is available at http://www.youtube.com/fostercarecentral.
About Foster Care Central Inc.
Foster Care Central Inc. is a non profit 501( c )(3) based in Elk Grove, Calif. The company's online network at http://www.fostercarecentral.org, serves as a national hub for valuable foster-care information and resources. Foster Care Central is a valuable one-stop resource for social workers, foster parents and others who are working to enhance the lives of foster children.
Stewart Gordon, President