Community champions honored for foster care

Jaime Shanks
Sunday, April 4, 2021
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Dawson County Healthy Communities Coalition is pleased to honor Tracy & Cindy Gabbert as the recipients of the March Community Champion Award. This award is given in recognition of Tracy and Cindy’s enduring compassion and service they have provided to children in foster care for over 18 years.

A nomination letter was sent on behalf of the Gabberts to Dawson County Healthy Communities Coalition from Cindy Larsen, Eastern Montana Regional Director for Child Bridge:

Dear Healthy Communities:

I am writing to recommend Tracy and Cindy Gabbert as Community Champions for their service to Glendive and Eastern MT as licensed foster parents.

The Gabbert’s became foster parents at a time many of us happily slow down-the empty nest. Instead, they chose to care for children who have been abused or neglected and needed a loving, stable family to care for them.

They have not slowed down in the 18 years since becoming a licensed foster home. Through the years, they have fostered children who required a therapeutic placement, children from ages newborn to teenagers, and mentored many other foster parents along their journey. They are a selfless couple who have sacrificed leisure, rest, and simplicity to care for over 60 (and counting) vulnerable children.

For their dedication and selfless commitment, I respectfully ask you to consider them as a Healthy Communities Community Champion.

Cindy Larsen

It is evident from all perspectives—compassion, dedication, and selfless love — that the Gabberts are absolutely stellar leaders in our community.

DCHCC is honored to present Tracy and Cindy Gabbert with the award for her service and their positive impact on the lives of children in our community.

For more information on how you can become a foster parent, please call Cindy Larsen at (406) 987-1006 or email:

Dawson County Healthy Communities

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