Woman named Peace Hero for Fostering more than 100 children

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – “We were having some issues with some of our kids about being blood relatives,” says Irene Kish, whose friend helped the enture family put their handprints on a canvas. “All of our adopted children and the dog…it’s a beautiful tribute to our family.”

They’re a unique family that includes nine adopted children. And, over the years, Kish has also taken-in an astounding 106 foster kids, many of them medically complex.

“Just amazed. I can’t believe someone could put that much dedication into something,” says Sean, a foster child who Kish adopted.

He has struggled with emotional scars and developmental delays. Kish is always by his side.

“We communicate very well together,” she says.

“She’s an exceptional resource for the Department of Children and Families,” says Jacqueline Ford, the Statewide Foster Care and Adoption Recruitment Specialist for DCF.

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. Anyone interested can call 1-888-KID-HERO.

“You can be single, you can be married. We welcome gay and lesbian families,” explains Ford. “We welcome people who’ve never been a parent – we help you, we train you and provide support.”

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