DST Alumnae Chapter provides Thanksgiving dinners for a family in Greene and a family in Hale Counties

1st photo: Mrs. Loydleetta Wabbington, representing Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., presents Thanksgiving dinner for local family to Greene County DHR staff, Beverly Vester, QA Coordinator.

2nd photo: Hale County DHR staff receives Thanksgiving dinner for local family. L to R: Jerilyn White, Shana Lucy, Social Service Supervisor and Yolanda Curry.

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, the Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provided Thanksgiving dinners for a family in Greene County and a family in Hale County. The dinners were provided through the respective county’s Department of Human Resources (DHR), who selected the recipient families. This is an annual service provided by the DST Alumnae Chapter. Phillis Belcher is Chair of the Chapter’s Courtesy Committee. Mrs. Loydleetta Wabbington serves as Co-Chairperson of the Courtesy Committee. Isaac Atkins is DST Sorority Greene County Alumnae Chapter President.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month


Shown Wilson Morgan DHR Director, Jacqueline Woods, Service /APS Supervisor, Latonya Wooley - Foster Care Worker,Beverly Vester ,Q.A. Coordinator, Kimberly Tyree - CA/N Investigator surround  Judge Judy Spree.

Monday, April 2, 2018 Greene County Probate Judge; Judy Spree, issued this proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. “Whereas,  National Child Abuse will be recognized throughout the United States, as well as in the commonwealth of Alabama during the month of April; and Whereas, Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well being of children and families; and Whereas,  preventing child abuse and neglect is a community problem that depends on involvement among people throughout the community and Whereas, child abuse is considered to be one of our nation’s most serious health problems with scientific studies documenting the link  between the abuse and neglect of children and a wide range of  medical emotional psychological and behavioral disorder; and Whereas, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnership among agencies, schools, religious organization, law enforcement and the business community and Whereas, during the month of April and throughout the year our  communities are encourage to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness  strategies and activities promote prevention across the county.
Therefore I, Honorable Judge Judy Spree, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Probate Judge of Greene County,  hereby proclaim the month of April in the year of 2018 to be Child  Abuse Prevention  Month in Greene County and urge all residents to engage in making a difference in the lives of children in Greene County by promoting safety and awareness to prevent abuse from happening.

Judge Judy Spree signs proclamation: November is National Adoption Month

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Shown above center Probate Judge Judy Spree, Jacqueline Woods,Service /APS supervisor, Beverly Vester, AP Work/Q.A/ Coordinator: Latonya Wooley Foster Care/Adoption Worker, Kimberly Tyree, CA/N Investigator and Jimmie Zoppi, Fannie Smith, Mattie Gray, Minnie Knox all Adoptive Parents

Greene County Probate Judge Judy Spree signs annual proclamation, in presence of Department of Human Services staff and several adoptive parents, citing November as National Adoption Month. The following is the statement submitted by DHR
As a nation that believes all children deserve the chance to reach their full potential, we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure each of them grows up knowing the love and protection of a permanent family. During National Adoption Month, we give voice to the children who are still waiting for that opportunity, celebrate the bond that unites adoptive parents with their sons and daughters, and recommit to providing every child with care and security that will nurture their development and well being.
All young people deserve a safe place to live, and with each passing year, more children know the warmth and comfort of a loving family thanks to adoptive parents.

People who adopt do so for a variety of reasons, but they are united in the kindness and devotion they show toward children- the people who need it most. During National Adoption Month, we recognize the selflessness of adoptive families, and we thank them for opening their hearts and their doors to young people in need of a safe, stable place to call home.
Thousand of children living in America hope for the comfort an safety of a loving family. This month, we pay tribute to the dedicated professional who help make those children’s dreams a reality, sharpen our resolve to find a permanent home for every child, and celebrate the stories of all whose live have been touched by adoption.
When people adopt, they open up a world of promise and possibility by providing a steady supportive environment for youth to live in. The month of November marks National Adoption Month, when we unite as families, advocates, and communities, and as a country, to raise awareness of the barriers to adoption and recommit ourselves to moving more of our young people into permanent homes.
As we come together to give thanks and show our appreciation for professional who work tirelessly to ensure the adoption process runs smoothly and efficiently, we celebrate the stories of those who have been permanently and positively affected by adoption. During National Adoption Month, let use embrace the unique place adoptive families have in American, and let us extend our fullest gratitude to all those who have welcomed home a child in need.

May is National Foster Care Month

Judge Judy.jpgShown above Judge Judy Spree signing proclamation surrounded by l to r: Jimmie Zoppie Foster Parent, Fannie Smith President of Foster Parents, Mattie Gray Foster Parent. DHR Staff: Director Wilson Morgan, LaTonya Wooley, Foster Care Worker, Jacqueline Hughes, Family & Children Services Supervisor, Beverly Vester, Q.S. Coordinator and Kimberly Tyree.

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members,volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more that 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.
Greene County encourages citizens to volunteer their talents and energies on behalf of children and adults in foster care, foster parents, and the children welfare professionals working with them during this month and thoughtout the year