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Home-Cooked Meals, Delivering Medication, Helping Families Reunify. It's All in a Day's Work for These GEM Winners

Communities Connected for Kids congratulates Rebecca Morgan and Stacey Wickett for winning the most recent Going the Extra Mile – or GEM – Award for excellence in serving children and families in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast. The duo won the award for the period spanning April through June.

The period marks the first time that a GEM award was also given to a local caregiver. Okeechobee foster parents Matt and Jenny Deyarmond received the award in the Topaz category, an expansion of the award added earlier this spring. The couple received the award for their dedication to co-parenting, a model that focuses on creating a relationship with a child’s birth family.

Jenny and Matt Deyarmond are an example of (keep reading)

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Forever Families Project

Children available for adoption are featured weekly on CBS 12 through the Forever Family project. This Florida-based non-profit project leverages the power of the media to help children and teens in foster care find loving, adoptive families. Communities Connected for Kids became a Forever Family partner earlier this summer to highlight the adoption needs of local children in foster care.

All segments air on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and again on Saturdays, then on NBC 6 Miami, NBC 6 Fort Myers, and WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando. To see previous segments, visit CBS 12. You can also catch each interview on our Communities Connected for Kids Facebook page.

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