Michigan foster family to be recognized by state

An Alpena [Michigan] foster family will take center stage on a state website this weekend, part of a month-long recognition of families who open their hearts and homes to Michigan foster children.

Holly and Jacob Sosa, of Alpena — currently fostering two toddlers with the help of their three children — were chosen as one of 31 families from across the state to be featured by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as part of Foster Care Awareness Month. From hundreds of families nominated, officials selected the Sosas — nominated by Wellspring Lutheran Services — to be featured on the DHHS website and Facebook page on Sunday.

On Monday, the family’s case worker presented the family with a certificate, an engraved memento of the honor, and the promise of a two-night stay in the family suite of a Frankenmuth resort and water park.

The family usually has to rent two rooms to stay within hotel fire codes, Holly Sosa said, smiling, as her three kids celebrated the upcoming outing.

The Sosas became a foster family just over a year ago, their house already busy with three energetic kids…

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