TRUMBULL COUNTY Agency will honor clients and volunteers
Those to be honored include a former board member.
WARREN -- Three clients of the Trumbull County Children Services Board will be honored Tuesday for overcoming adversity.
The agency will also present awards to several community volunteers at the annual community breakfast, to be held at Enzo's Banquet Facility. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Diocese of Youngstown is scheduled to speak.
Those to be honored are:
UWynette Jackson of Warren, who defeated drug addiction and stepped forward to take custody of two teenage nephews who had been in foster care since they were toddlers.
The children kept in contact with each other but were kept in separate foster homes.
The boys, now ages 13 and 15, have been in Jackson's home since June 2001 and were adopted by her last month. Both are pupils at Jackson Middle School, where the younger boy made the honor roll last semester.
UBridget Osborne of Warren, who was reunited with her son in July after voluntarily placing him in the custody of CSB in December 2000.
Her son was frequently getting suspended for fighting at public school and had been involved with juvenile court and several counseling and psychiatric agencies.
The boy, now 14, continues to receive mental health services and is getting average grades in Howland schools.
USixteen-year-old Raymond, who is in CSB custody and attends Warren G. Harding High School, where he is on the honor roll. He intends to transfer to Trumbull Career and Technical Center next year.
Raymond has been in CSB custody since he was 11.
The bureau will also recognize the following volunteers who have been of service to children in the community:
UFreda Jackson of Warren, who has been a devoted volunteer and fund-raiser for the Alliance Community Outreach Program Center on Niles Road and provides care and support to many in the neighborhood. She has also been a tutor in the Ohio Reads program and is a member of the Southeast Warren Community Collaborative, sponsored by CSB.
UJim and Susan Coursen of Niles, for their involvement coaching basketball, soccer and baseball and leading Girl and Boy Scouts. Four girls in CSB's residential treatment center played on a soccer team this year that was coached by the Coursens. The team went undefeated in its league.
UThe Rev. Charles Crumbley, who served on the CSB board from 1984 until December. He has been an advocate for children's rights and has promoted service programs for runaway and homeless youth.