88-Year-Old Black Woman From Maryland Recognized For Three Decades of Foster Care

Emma Thompson, an 88-year-old African American lady from Montgomery County, Maryland, was honored for her 33 years of committed foster parenting. After caring for over 30 children during the 1990s, she is now planning to retire.

Thompson’s foster children attended a recognition event on the final day of Foster Parent Appreciation Month, when County Executive Marc Elrich recognized her significant accomplishments, according to 11Alive.

“College graduates, business owners, medical professionals, and accomplished athletes all came out of her house,” Elrich said, highlighting her “amazing, generous heart.”

Thompson, who also has two biological children, has officially adopted two of the youngsters she fostered. She now intends to retire once the youngster in her care graduates from high school.

“You have a lot to be proud of,” Elrich told Thompson. “You’ve quietly made a significant difference in the lives of dozens of children.”

Thompson was presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her tireless dedication and profound impact on the lives of countless children in need.

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