Robert and Lillian Smalls were named the 2018 Parents of the Year for the State of South Carolina on July 22 at the 11am Worship Service at Ebenezer AME Church in downtown Charleston. The occasion was in conjunction with the National Observance of Parents Day across the entire nation, as they were recognized for their outstanding commitment and support of the Foster Parents Program.
Robert and Lillian have two biological children of their own, but over the years they have raised over 12 foster children, adopted three as their own with a fourth adoption in the final stages of approval. Lillian stated, “I have always loved having children around me, so it was natural to incorporate the foster parent program into our lives once our own children were grown. My husband and I never thought about receiving such an honor just because we took in children and tried to give them a loving home in which to live.”
A Columbia-based organization known as Parents Day Council of South Carolina was responsible for the recognition which included a plaque, a Proclamation from the Governor’s Office, as well as a Proclamation from Mayor Tecklenburg proclaiming July 22, 2018 as Robert and Lillian Smalls Day in the City of Charleston.
Congratulations to these wonderful parents who have been ‘parents’ to so many children besides their own, and are now enjoying the title of “Granny” and “Granddaddy”.