Photo: Cabinet for Families and Children
A Pike County couple has earned a foster parenting award. Shantana and Ryan Woodward of Harris Newsome Branch, Penny Road, are the Eastern Mountain Region’s 2018 Foster Parents of the Year, selected by the Cabinet for Families and Children and honored recently during a luncheon ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. Their social worker, Amity Smallwood, said since becoming foster parents in November 2016, they have been champions for the children they foster, every step of the way. The Woodwards have fostered six children in their home and volunteer as foster parent mentors.