TACFS Awards

About the TACFS Award

We are proud to support the people and organizations that serve children and families. We see the commitment, work, sacrifices, and love that you give every single day. Each year, it is our honor to present awards to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional excellence in our community.

Award Categories
  • Adoptive Parent(s)
  • Foster Parent(s)
  • Kinship Caregiver(s)
  • GRO Staff
  • DFPS HHSC Employee
  • Community Partner
  • Community Organization Staff
  • SSCC Employee (New Category!)

Award winners are typically announced around the Texas Child Care Administrators Conference in October.

TACFS member organizations are invited to submit nominations 
for our annual awards! 

View their acceptance videos!

Adoptive Parents of the Year
Rolando & Araceli Garza
Nominated by Arms Wide

Foster Parents of the Year
Megan and Jason Boyd
Nominated by 2INgage

Kinship Caregivers of the Year
Joshua & Maranda Elam
Nominated by Arrow Child and Family Ministries

Community Organization Staff of the Year
Taisha Luckey
Nominated by Respite Care of San Antonio

General Residential Operation Staff of the Year
Devin Coker
Nominated by Cumberland Youth and Family Services

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Employee of the Year
Aurora Salazar
Nominated by Arrow Child and Family Ministries

Community Partner of the Year
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Nominated by Divinity Family Services

View their acceptance video!

Adoptive Parents of the Year
McKenzie and Jessica Tapp
Nominated by SAFE Alliance

Community Organization Staff of the Year (Two Recipients)

Michael Thompson
Nominated by New Horizons
Megan Zellner
Nominated by Settlement Home

Community Partner of the Year
Island Harbor Supervised Independent Living Program
Nominated by Texas A&M Corpus Cristi

Foster/Kinship Parents of the Year
Joe and Diane Ness
Nominated by SJRC Texas

DFPS / HHSC Employee of the Year
Shannon Walker
Nominated by SJRC Texas

General Residential Operations Staff of the Year
Stephanie Cummings
Nominated by Methodist Children’s Hospital

View their acceptance video!

Adoptive Parents of the Year
Tacolya Singletary and Angela Curry
Nominated by The Settlement Home for Children

Community Organization Staff of the Year
PCHAS Wichita Falls Foster Care and Adoption Staff
Nominated by PCHAS

Community Partner of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
Nominated by Bpys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston

Foster/Kinship Parents of the Year
Scott and Aurelia Green
Nominated by CK Family Services

DFPS / HHSC Employee of the Year
Laurie Baird
Nominated by SJRC Texas

General Residential Operations Staff of the Year
Jesse and Sandy Pape
Nominated by Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch