Friday, May 15, 2015

Commissioners to Proclaim May NATIONAL FOSTER/KINSHIP PARENT APPRECIATION MONTH


Commissioners to Proclaim May
NATIONAL FOSTER/KINSHIP PARENT APPRECIATION MONTH


Mesa County, CO- The Mesa County Commissioners will Proclaim May as National Foster/Kinship Parent Appreciation Month on Monday May 18th at 9:00am. The Proclamation will be signed at the old County Courthouse, 544 Rood, in the Public Hearing Room. Members of the media are invited to attend. DHS staff and a Foster Family (The Sipes) will be accepting the Proclamation and will be on hand for interviews immediately following the Proclamation.

In Mesa County there are nearly 300 children and youth in foster care.  There are over 180 Foster and Kinship families, in Mesa County, who open their homes and hearts to children. These Foster/Kinship families and play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect, thus launching children into successful adulthood. During the month of May we take the opportunity to thank these heroes of our community for providing loving safe homes for children and families in crisis.


More Foster/kinship families are needed to provide stability and love to children of all ages in Mesa County.  If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent contact Foster Care of Mesa County at 970 683 2607. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Colorado Welfare Fraud Council Awards
Mesa County Deputy District Attorney, Garcia Prosecutor of the Year

Mesa County—For the second year in a row Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County District Attorney’s Office are pleased to announce that a Deputy DA from the 21st Judicial District has been awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the Colorado Welfare Fraud Council (CWFC.   Deputy District Attorney; Dan Garcia is this year’s recipient of the prestigious award. 
Mr. Garcia has been with the District Attorney’s since April 2013 and was nominated by Mesa County Department of Human Service’s Investigator Matt Furphy. Mr. Garcia worked a case involving a habitual offender of Welfare Fraud.  The case was scheduled for trial but ended in a plea agreement. Furphy attributes Mr. Garcia’s diligent work as the reason a plea deal was accepted thus preventing the case from going to a costly trial. Furphy described Garcia in the following way “Throughout this process, prosecutor Garcia was awesome to work with.  Mr. Garcia was very inclusive during the 2 year process and kept me informed of the developments in this case every step of the way.  He included me in the sentencing decisions and wanted to make sure our wishes were considered, even though he didn’t have to.”  
 “Dan does outstanding work for us here in the District Attorney’s Office, he is truly deserving of this statewide recognition.” said Mesa County District Attorney, Pete Hautzinger.

 Prosecutor of the Year award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and/or shown excellence in the prosecution of welfare fraud.

The Colorado Welfare Fraud Council (CWFC) is a non-profit statewide organization comprised of city, county, state, and federal employees who work in some capacity
with the various public assistance programs available to people in Colorado.  The members are dedicated to the detection and prevention of fraud in all public assistance
programs.