At OFCA’s 2017 Annual Conference, Cora White was presented with the Lifetime of Service to Children and Families award honoring her lifelong commitment to building resilience in children impacted by neglect and abuse.
Cora’s commitment to fostering children and strengthening their families has been a driving force in her life and has impacted families and children not just here in Ohio, but across the globe. From her work as a foster parent, the first woman and the first African American CEO and President of the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA), founder of Partners in Foster Care, Inc., and board member of the International Foster Care Organization, to her international work as adviser to the Japanese government on foster care programs, consultant on developing foster homes in Krakow, Poland, educating approximately 40 different countries on best practices in foster care, Cora’s charity has built homes for fifty children and their caregivers, opened an orphanage in southern India, opened six sewing training centers in different villages, partnered with Strides for Africa to provide clean drinking water and founded seven mobile medical and dental clinics for children serving about forty villages and approximately ten thousand people annually.
For these and numerous other services, Cora White is a woman well-deserving of the Ohio Family Care Association Lifetime Service Award. Kudo’s Cora! We appreciate and celebrate you.