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16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Elizabeth Anne Seither Nepaial
A compassionate advocate with a quick smile, Elizabeth Anne Seither Nepaial has distinguished herself in her response to child abuse and neglect by serving as a foster parent and as a Mariana Islands leader in the areas of school, community, and church. She retired from teaching in December 2006 but continues as a foster parent to live by example her philosophy of “love teaching, teach lovingly.”
When first asked to become a foster parent, Ms. Nepaial quickly agreed to open her home to a four-year-old boy with multiple difficulties. She has been a foster parent to three children and frequently welcomes more needy children into her home. Ms. Nepaial strives to form a special bond with each child, learning early on that a loving home is not always sufficient magic to heal an abused child.
Ms. Nepaial participated in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month for several years and served as a coordinator for the annual Penny Drive at school. In the role of national Junior Honor Society Advisor and Mother Read volunteer, she has enabled children to perform to their potential. Additionally, she volunteers with the children in her church, teaching a vacation bible class and Sunday school.