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National Foster Parent Association presents Social Worker of the Year award

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 3:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013 3:49 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Alicia Yocom, foster care worker with Youth Service Bureau, was awarded the Social Worker of the Year Award at the National Foster Parent Association 43rd National Education Conference held in Long Beach, Calif., June 5-8. Awards were presented at a luncheon “honoring those who have contributed outstanding service to the NFPA, foster parents at the state or local level or the children in their care.”

Yocom works with children and families in Lee, Whiteside, Carroll and Ogle counties and resides in Princeton with her husband and son.

When asked about the award, Yocom said, “it’s a very nice award and I am happy to have received it, but I didn’t do anything above and beyond my day-to-day work.

The foster parent who nominated Yocom sees things differently. “Alicia has been working with a family that became a very high profile case and a very difficult case for all five children involved.”

Bev Piccatto, YSB foster care supervisor, said, “it is not every day that a foster parent, involved in the best and worst parts of a case, comes forward and makes a nomination for the case worker.”

Piccatto traveled to LA to be with her award-winning foster parent case worker.

Yocom and Piccatto attended several workshops over the four-day conference covering topics for adoptive parents, kinship caregivers and agency professionals whose work with children and families is essential to their well-being.

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