As experienced foster/adoptive parents, our community-based liaisons understand what you are going through. They are available to answer all your questions from the perspective of someone who has gone through the process. They can connect you with training’s and resources, assist with your licensing application packet, and provide any other assistance you may need during your journey to becoming a foster parent.

Fostering Together liaisons are also available to support licensed and relative caregivers in their community. Whether you need help navigating the DSHS system or just want to talk to someone who understands the challenges you face as a caregiver, our liaisons are here to help. And with over 35 community-based support groups throughout Western Washington, there are people in your area who want to make sure you get the support and training you need to parent the children in your care. These groups are open to all licensed families, relative caregivers, and those considering becoming a foster parent.

Fostering Together liaisons are passionate about making a difference in the lives of caregivers and their foster children. For support, please enter your zip code for your community based liaison’s contact information.

 

Leeann Marshel

Region 3 Program Supervisor

Serves: Region 3

Leeann is passionate about working with foster families and children. She looks forward to partnering with DCFS and community partners including CPA’s, Non-Profit organizations and churches to create community based supports for caregivers.

Shala Crow

Region 2 Program Director

Serves: Region 2

Shala is passionate about the foster care system and wants to improve the quality of foster homes available and the lives of the children who reside in them. She was a foster parent for 9 years and has adopted 3 children.

Ginger Finau

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: King Kent South-West

Thru my outreach and engagement work focused around building healthy, thriving communities, I have established strong ties within South King County. As a liaison, I am committed to assisting children and families sustain positive, educated, healthy, successful lives. As a wife and mother of 6 children – I am aware of the support, resources, and unconditional love it takes to play the role of a parent. As an advocate of social justice and racial equity – I am passionate about positive outcomes in diverse and disadvantaged communities.

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Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Pierce-West Office

 

 

Erika Thompson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Lakewood & Pierce-East Offices

As a liaison, Erika looks forward to impacting not only the recruitment of new foster parents, but also support and retain those families that are crucial to the stability and livelihood of our community’s foster children. Foster parent since 2007.

Christina Urtasun

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Whatcom, Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties

Christina wants to encourage people to become foster parents and support licensed foster parents so that all of our children have a safe and loving home. Christina has been a foster parent for over 10 years.

Maia Anderson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: King West & White Center

Maia’s passion for fostering comes both from a personal faith-based conviction as well as having a parent who grew up in foster care. As a liaison, she is committed to supporting healthy families for kids to grow, develop and thrive in.

Carol Bishop

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: King East and Kent South-East

Born and raised in Seattle, bringing 35 years of experience as a licensed foster parent and an adoptive parent of 5. As a liaison, Carol enjoys serving and advocating for children and families in the foster care system and looks forward to creating a positive place for children in care.

Summer Buckles

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Everett, Lynnwood & Sky Valley

As a longtime foster and adoptive older sister, Summer has seen firsthand the need for more quality foster homes. Summer is not only passionate about making sure there are more homes for the foster kids brought into the state system but also supporting foster families so that they can be successful in caring for them.

Megan Harp

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Smokey Point & Marysville

Megan is a foster/adoptive parent for 4 years and now she looks forward to using her experience and education to help families advocate for their special needs children.

 

CeCe Smith

African American Community Outreach

Serves: Western WA

CeCe is a second generation foster parent who has been fostering since 2007 and has cared for over 25+ youth. After being raised around youth in care for over 18 years she decided to become a foster parent and has spent over seven years working with young adults post foster care. CeCe really enjoys advocating for youth in care and looks forward to serving them in this new position.

Maria Sherry

Hispanic Community Outreach

Serves: Region 2

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Maria moved to Marysville 14 years ago. Since then she has served the community in Snohomish County. Maria is passionate about education, health and family and enjoys getting to know people, to learn their stories and help them to achieve their goals as a family. She looks forward to serving the foster care community in this new position.

 

CeCe Smith

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: King MLK Office

CeCe is a second generation foster parent who has been fostering since 2007 and has cared for over 25+ youth. After being raised around youth in care for over 18 years she decided to become a foster parent and has spent over seven years working with young adults post foster care. CeCe really enjoys advocating for youth in care and looks forward to serving them in this position.

Angela Pitts-Long

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Central District

Angie’s passion is helping to recruit foster homes from the communities she serves and is determined to help build a network of support for these families. Foster parent since 2001.

Larisa Koenig

Native American Outreach Liaison

Serves Region 2

Enrolled Alaska Native tribal member of Tlingit and Haida descent. She represents the Haida Nation, Raven moiety, Yahku Láanaas Clan and Double Fin Killer Whale House. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Haida Chief Yeltatzie.

 

Larisa has dedicated the majority of her professional career to serving Native American children and families.  She has served the Native community as a classroom teacher, dean of students, mental health provider to foster children, and managing supervisor of a tribal child welfare program and has adopted from the foster care system.

 

 

Jeanie Johns

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Kitsap County

Jeanie looks forward to recruiting new families by empowering people to advocate for children regardless of the circumstances. She also wants to help establish support groups for parents and bio-children so that no one will ever feel isolated or alone in the work. Foster parent since 2007.

Teneille Carpenter

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Grays Harbor County

Teneille is devoted to helping foster families. She knows in order for foster children to thrive foster families need support. Teneille has been a foster parent for 15 years. She is looking forward to recruiting foster parents and supporting foster current families.

 

Niki Hatzenbuehler

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Mason & Thurston County

As a Liaison, Niki is passionate about recruiting new families and partnering with community based supports to ensure that no child is left without a stable home and no foster family is left without a support system. She encourages families to compassionately care for the caseworker, the biological family of the child and other stakeholders in the child’s life whenever possible, as each person is critical in the successful development of a child in care.

Niki Johnson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Pacific County

As a secretary at a local church for over 20 years, Niki sees the need in the community and wants to bring more awareness of the need for more foster families. Niki is passionate about supporting foster families and the children they bring in to their homes, especially during the up’s and down’s of foster care.

Linda Cortani

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Jefferson & Clallam County

Linda believes that every child should have a chance to thrive and have the support they need to build a positive future. She looks forward to recruiting new foster parents and supplying caregivers with the support they need. Foster parent since 2010.

Rachelle Ireton

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Cowlitzs, Wahkiakum & Lewis Counties

Rachelle is very compassionate about developing community relationships that will further build and support our foster care family as a whole. Families to love and nurture our children. Communities to love and support our families. Education and resources for our biological families.  Awareness, so that every child has the opportunity to experience love and stability.

 

Kim Glover

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Clark and Skamania Counties

As a liaison, Kim is looking forward to providing foster parents with the support they deserve, helping them learn to support each other and helping recruit new foster parents so that every child has a safe, loving, and consistent home. Foster parent since 2003.
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Joann Elvin

Hispanic Community Outreach

Serves: Region 3

Joann is passionate about social justice, immigration reform, and educating the public about the barriers people of color face on a daily basis, especially the Latino community.
She is an advocate for the immigrant and refugee community and strongly believe that education is the key to individual and community empowerment.
All my decisions are based through my faith in God and I strive to do unto others as I would like them to do unto me.