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Presho couple honored for decades of work with foster kids

PRESHO -- Bob and Jan Fuller, of Presho, have been honored with a 2012 Angels in Adoption award for their commitment to foster children.

The Fullers were nominated by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.

They have fostered more than 200 infants over the past 40 years. They take care of the children until they can be returned to their biological parents or placed with an adoptive family.

The award is sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI).

The program provides members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual, couple, or organization from their district that have made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes.

"Bob and Jan Fuller are true heroes," Noem said. "For 40 years, the Fullers have dedicated their time and energy to housing and nurturing over 200 foster infants as they await permanent placement. Their commitment and compassion for these young lives is truly inspiring, and I congratulate Bob and Jan on this welldeserved honor."

On Monday, Noem called the Fullers to congratulate them on the award and thank them for their years of service in the foster community.

Although the Fullers specialize in infants, they believe children of all ages deserve foster care.

"We hope that the children who have come into our home have found structure and trust," said Jan Fuller. "We hope they learn to seek relationships like that throughout their lives."

The Fullers, along with more than 100 other recipients from across the country will be recognized on Sept. 12 at CCAI's annual Angels in Adoption gala in Washington, D.C.

The first Angels gala was held in 1999, and over the last 13 years, CCAI has honored more than 1,800 'Angels' from across the country.

-- From a news release from Rep. Noem's office