HALO Awards 2023

Our annual HALO Awards honors the fantastic foster families in our system of care who open their homes and hearts to children in need. This year’s celebration was held on April 22nd at the Brownwood Hotel & Spa in The Villages. The Denim and Diamonds theme focused on our incredible foster families who are tough like denim and strong like diamonds caring for children in care.

The HALO Awards gives honorees a chance to dress up, enjoy delicious food, and be recognized for their unwavering commitment to helping provide safe and loving homes to children placed in foster care.

Those nominated for a HALO Award go above and beyond to ensure that no foster child goes without a secure place to call home. Every child that enters their home leaves knowing they are loved, worthy, and important.

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Angels of Adoption – Tiffany & Alese Firkins
  • Better Together Award – James & Lorena Johnson
  • Make It Happen Award – Robert & Kathleen Anderson
  • Make It Happen Award – Rauzette Dorleans
  • Ethan Johnson Memorial Award – Dea Dea & Patrick Dios
  • Rookies of the Year – Daniel & Brittany Sunday
  • Teen Challenge – Miranda McQueen & Stephanie Backhus
  • Foster Parent of the Year (Marion County) – Danny & Victoria Herrin
  • Foster Parent of the Year (Citrus County) – Heather & Alaa A Al Amir
  • Foster Parent of the Year (Lake County) – Sharon McGarr
  • Foster Parent of the Year (Sumter County) – Arthur & Melissa Hansen
  • Foster Parent of the Year (Hernando County) – Thomas & Danielle Michiaels
  • Lifetime Achievement – Samuel & Marilyn Martin

Hall Of Fame Winners: 1st Year Inductees
(those who are retired foster parents, in good standing, with 10+ years of fostering experience)

  • Vernon & Bridgett Brown — Lake County
  • Sheila Bush — Marion County
  • David & Melanie Stimmell — Lake County
  • Tony & Vanessa Seward — Sumter County
  • Gerald & Sue Armstrong — Marion County
  • Cornelius & Glory Greene — Marion County
  • Maurice & Linda Watson — Marion County
  • Levon Williams — Marion County
  • Charles & Sandra Watts — Hernando County
  • Todd & Lisa Panzer — Marion County
  • Louise Dukes — Marion County