Baltimore, MD (8/20/20) — The Arc Baltimore has presented its annual Foster Care Excellence Award to Hattie Smith Shannon.

Presented during The Arc Baltimore’s recent 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony, the Foster Care Excellence award is given to a foster family that demonstrates an outstanding ability to meet the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of a child.

Hattie Smith Shannon was chosen for this year’s award because she exemplifies the best in foster care. She is all about nurturing healthy development, lasting relationships, and lifelong success, and is exceptional in caring for others. She has succeeded with children who need high levels of patience and understanding, and takes the time to empower a child, provide structure for them, and prove that adult interactions for them can be positive and consistent.

The Arc Baltimore presented its annual Foster Care Excellence Award to Hattie Smith Shannon. (Courtesy Photo)

The Virtual Awards Ceremony recognized Arc Baltimore staff, self-advocates, board members, and community members for their dedication to, and advocacy for, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Ceremony “offered a tremendous opportunity to recognize the outstanding services given to The Arc Baltimore and to the individuals it supports each year,” says the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Kathleen McNally Durkin.

“The work of all of our award recipients and nominees, as well as so many others, plays a critical role in the continued success of The Arc Baltimore,” Durkin continues. “Their hard work and dedication are at the heart of our mission to support people with developmental disabilities in leading fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging and purpose.”

The Arc Baltimore supports people with developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives with a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaningful relationships.

As one of the nation’s largest and most respected organizations of its kind, The Arc Baltimore is an indispensable resource, providing employment training and support, day and residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy and information, and referrals.