PORTLAND, ME (May 5, 2022) – KidsPeace announced that Laurie and Chris Tomascik of Richmond, ME have been named the organization’s 2022 Maine Foster Parents of the Year.
The couple were selected by KidsPeace Foster Care’s Maine state leadership after being nominated by Stevie Bonnevie, a family resource specialist in the organization’s South Portland foster care office. In her nomination, Bonnevie noted that the Tomasciks have been licensed foster parents since 2012 — and have been with KidsPeace all that time.
The Tomasciks provide therapeutic foster care services to the children they foster. Therapeutic foster care is designed for children with significant mental and behavioral health challenges. In total the Tomasciks have fostered nine children – including their first therapeutic foster care child, who they later adopted.
“What I would say to someone considering foster parenting is, ‘It’s not all a bed of roses, you know? There are many positives and many negatives, but don’t get discouraged! You just have to remember why you’re doing it. It’s all for the kids,’” Chris says.