Adriel Inc. administers foster care services to 44 counties in Ohio and operates a residential facility in West Liberty. On May 12, the Northwest and Northcentral Ohio regional foster care offices were recognized by Northwest State Community College for a commitment to making a positive impact on people.
Todd Hanes, CEO, accepted the Organizational Making A Difference award after walking the “green carpet” at Northwest State Community College. The event, honoring an individual, business and organization, serves as a fundraiser benefiting Northwest State Community College student scholarships.
“The making a Difference awards honors those who have made a positive impact in the six-county region served by Northwest State,” said Robbin Wilcox, foundation director of development at NSCC. “It is not about what the award recipients have done for the college, but what they have done to change lives in local communities.”
Adriel was founded in West Liberty as the Mennonite Children’s Home. Its mission is to serve children who have no family, or whose family environment is not safe and/or healthy through foster care and residential services. In 1992, its foster care program expanded to Archbold, and in 2013 to Toledo to specifically support the children of the Northwest Ohio region.
“Our Toledo and Archbold offices work every day to find placements, and work with our foster placements and foster families,” said Hanes. “Typically, it is work that is difficult. For a child who is removed from the home, that day – it is the worst day of their life.”
“This is difficult work, it is emotional work and we just love our foster parents.” Hanes said. “To be recognized for that work is deeply honoring and humbling.”
The awards ceremony also recognized an individual, Rick Small, and a business, Dental Excellence of Napoleon for their impact on the Northwest Ohio community.
Submitted by Adriel Inc.