Winchester couple earn national foster parent award

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – ‘Bo’ Harris is a busy man. And to say he loves kids is an understatement.

And all his work and dedication was recognized recently when he was awarded the national Best Foster Parent 2020 award from Transfiguring Adoption.

The award was first reported by the Winchester Sun newspaper.

In an interview with the Sun, Harris, who coaches basketball, owns a child care center, and is a foster parents to teenagers, admitted, “It’s nuts some times,” adding he “wouldn’t want it any other way.”

According to the newspaper, Harris, whose given name is William, and his wife, Elizabeth, have fostered some 20 teenage boys in their home during the last four years. And they have four biological kids of their own, literally making for a full house.

And thanks to his foster children, the 34-year-old already is a grandfather three times over, according to the newspaper.

Harris advises others that being a foster parent is not for everyone, especially with teenagers, who are moved frequently.

“It’s a daily challenge,” he told the newspaper. “They’re like brothers so they challenge each other or they challenge me and Liz. We let them know we’re here for you and the greater good of you.”

“The best part is getting that appreciation, seeing the kid smile,” he said in the interview. “Two of my kids just got a job. They’re excited about having money in their pocket and getting a cell phone and paying for their phone.”

As part of the award, Harris and his family won a prize package including a trip to Disney.

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