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Articles by Jennifer Coburn

Linda Poyner knows firsthand what a difference loving foster parents can make in the life of a child. That’s because when she was growing up in a farm town in Wisconsin, Linda was that child.

o care for 16 babies, but Ana and Dale Griffin say they are up to the task. The Spring Valley couple has a secret weapon – pacing. They serve as foster parents for one baby at a time through Angels Foster Family Network, a nonprofit that requires San Diego families devote their full attention to one young child (or sibling set) at a time.

In just over two years as executive director at Angels Foster Family Network, La Mesa resident Jeff Wiemann has created unprecedented growth for the organization, nearly doubling its annual budget to $2.35 million and increasing the number of families served by 40 percent. It is a start, he said, but there is much more work to be done.

When Jocelyn and Matthew Watkins found out they were expecting, they moved into a bigger home with a yard large enough for a swing set, puppet theater, and family dog. What made the couple a little different, however, is that they were expecting foster children.

Nicole Lewis, teacher and head librarian at Platt College San Diego School of Multimedia Design, said it is ironic that the Academy Awards are held during Black History Month considering this year’s dearth of African American nominees.

Four college students from East County were featured in a new art show hosted by Platt College San Diego School of Media. Pieces by Ariele Schimm of Santee, Charles Tallant of Spring Valley, and Natasha Englehardt and Jarod Octon of La Mesa were featured among more than 70 original paintings, photographs, graphic design, and sketches.