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Apr 20, 2013 9:32 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Foster families and kids build relationships at Earth Day event

Monday is Earth Day, but foster kids and their families came together on Saturday to celebrate at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens.

The Gardens hosted a Book of the Year event that targeted foster families and their children.

"This book was chosen as Book of the Year because it was written by a foster parent and it is a story about what happens through her journey of being a foster parent and the child she had in care with her," said Mimi Feliciano-Hix, a member of the Cuesta Foster Care Program.

The event wasn't just about celebrating the success of the novel. It was also designed to help foster family relationships through arts and crafts and Earth Day festivities.

"I'm looking forward to taking my home and planting it! I'm having so much fun!" said Sam, a little boy who went to the event.

The event was special to kids and foster parents. Some of the parents there had been caring for foster children for over two decades.

"It's a family event that brings my children and me closer together and it teaches us more about the environment and the world around us, and its fun!" said Marylud Baldwin, a foster parent.

Saturday's event marked the finish of a three-month celebration of the Book of the Year. Now, Cuesta is searching for the next winner.

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