BATH -- Some 20 parents were honored Thursday at the 16th annual Foster Care Parents banquet at the VFW in Bath. The event, sponsored by the Steuben County Department of Social Services, with the theme "Earth Angels", recognized the efforts and dedication of the parents, representing a total of 45 children in foster care or in the process of adoption. The parents offer a safe harbor to vulnerable children, county DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller said (shown in photo). "Your unwavering dedication offers comfort, peace, security, love and hope," Muller said. There are 38 certified foster care homes in the county. For more information on becoming a foster care parent, call (607) 664-2044.