Newsmaker: Matthew Steiner
Noteworthy: Steiner received the Permanency Professional Recognition award at the 21st Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference in Lancaster on Wednesday. He works to find foster children permanent homes through adoption or reuniting them with their biological parents or other relatives.
Occupation: Permanency coordinator with Wesley Spectrum Services, a Wilkinsburg-based nonprofit that provides social and behavioral health services
Family: Wife, April Artz.
Education: Bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002; scheduled to graduate with a master's degree in social work from Pitt in December.
Background: Steiner began working for Spectrum 10 years ago. He has a blog where he provides a template for lifebooks, which are like therapeutic scrapbooks for children.
Quote: The most rewarding part of his job is “just seeing kids have moments where they don't have to worry about everything they've been through … and you can just kind of see that glimmer of hope in them where they're looking forward to their futures.”