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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

88-Year-Old Black Woman From Maryland Recognized For Three Decades of Foster Care

Emma Thompson

Nationwide — Emma Thompson, an 88-year-old African American woman from Montgomery County, Maryland, was honored for her 33 years of dedicated service as a foster parent. Having cared for over 30 children since the 1990s, she now plans to retire.

At the recognition event on the last day of Foster Parent Appreciation Month, many of her foster children gathered to witness County Executive Marc Elrich recognize Thompson’s remarkable contributions, according to 11Alive.

“College graduates, business owners, medical professionals, and accomplished athletes all came out of her house,” Elrich said, highlighting her “amazing, generous heart.”

Thompson, who also has 2 biological children, has formally adopted 2 of the children she fostered. She now plans to retire once the child currently under her care graduates from high school.

“You have a lot to be proud of,” Elrich told Thompson. “You’ve quietly made a significant difference in the lives of dozens of children.”

Thompson was presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her tireless dedication and profound impact on the lives of countless children in need.