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 trainings 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 30 community-based support groups throughout 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 zipcode for your community based liaison’s contact information.


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Summer Buckles

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Lynnwood and Everett

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.

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Dru Powers

Region 1 South Coordinator, Foster Parent Specialist and Region 1 FIRST Representative

After 32 year of providing foster care to adolescents boys and girls, Dru’s passion is to now to support children in care and the adults who care for them. Dru brings her 12 years of experience supporting foster families to her new position here at Fostering Together.

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Amber Sherman

Region 1 North Coordinator

Foster Parent: 2005-2014

As an experienced Social Worker and licensed foster parent for 9 years, Amber enjoys working with families to assist in connecting them to programs & services that best fulfill them and in problem solving and developing strategies so that they can best support children in their home.

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Lisa Boorman

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Grant and Adams Counties

Lisa and her husband were longtime foster parents in Alaska before foster-adopting 3 young children in Washington. A strong advocate of foster parenting and very knowledgeable of the laws and rights of foster parents, Lisa feels blessed to have the opportunity to serve the needs of displaced children by working to provide them safe, secure, and loving foster homes.


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Jennifer Christensen

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Walla Walla and Columbia County

Foster Parent Since: August 2013

Jennifer understands how difficult it is to find services and support for foster children and as a result, she has a passion for helping other parents navigate through their difficulties in helping wounded children heal and supporting them through that process.

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Derek Cutlip

North Community Involvement

Derek looks forward to raising awareness in both the Church and the community for the need for safe, nurturing and loving homes in order to see the children of Washington State restored emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

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Dena Drury

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Whitman, Garfield and Asotin Counties

Foster Parent From: 1993-2013

As a former foster-adoptive parent, Dena specialized in working with special needs children. In her role as a liaison, she now looks forward to using her experiences to help nurture an open relationship between caregivers, social workers and the court system in order to help foster parents feel recognized and important.

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Meaghan Flowers

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Spokane and Lincoln Counties
Foster Parent Since: 2010

As a foster adoptive parent, Meaghan looks forward to sharing the needs of the children in our community and supporting foster families. She enjoys working with foster parents especially in connecting them with resources, early education and equipping them to care for the children in their home.

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Ruth Harris

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties

Foster Parent Since: 2010

Ruth is excited about the opportunity to work with prospective and current foster parents to help alleviate some of the burdens this special calling presents.  Connecting foster parents to the support they need will enable them to nurture and care for the hurting children in their homes. Ruth desires to be the helping hand, the encouraging voice, making one more day possible in the process of bringing healing to these special children

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Beth McCance

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Benton and Franklin Counties

Foster Parent Since:

Beth  feels that God has placed a deep passion on her heart to advocate for orphans and she welcomes the opportunities to educate the church and support foster families.


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Melissa MacDougall

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Okanogan County
Foster Parent Since: 2011

Combining a background in psychology and law with her love of children, Melissa feels blessed to serve in her community as a Liaison.  As a foster-adopt parent, she looks forward to recruiting foster parents and providing support and guidance to caregivers.


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Wendy White

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Douglas and Chelan Counties

Foster Parent From 1995-2014

Wendy is excited to have a job in line with her passion for foster care. She looks forward to educating her community about the need for foster parents and also getting several support groups started to help support the caregivers in her community.

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Tyann Whitworth

Recruiter Liaison

Serves:  Yakima and Klickitat Counties

Foster Parent From 2009-2013

Tyann’s family has cared for more then 25 foster youth. She understands the joys and challenges that foster families face in bringing a child into their home and hopes that in her role as liaison she can be useful in supporting and encouraging to caregivers so they can experience all that being a foster family has to offer.


Shala Crow

Region 2 Coordinator and Community Involvement

Serves: Whatcom County

Foster Parent Since: 2002

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.

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Maia Anderson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: South King County

Foster Parent Since: 2014

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


Stephanie Hanson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Sky Valley

Foster Parent Since: 1996

Cheerful, persistent, and knowledgeable, Stephanie loves to help foster parents and has a heart to serve the children and the foster families in her community

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Megan Harp

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Smokey Point and Marysville

Foster Parent Since: Not currently licensed

Megan was a foster/adoptive parent for 3 years and now she looks forward to using her experience and education to help families advocate for their special needs children.


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JoAnne Moran

Recruiter Liaison & Community Involvement

Serves: King West, White Center and MLK)

Foster Parent Since: 2010

JoAnne’s goal is to help support foster families by making sure that their questions are answered and that they are aware of resources available to them.


Leilani McClure

Recruiter Liaison and Community Involvement

Serves: NorthEast King County

Foster Parent Since: 2010

Leilani’s desire is to share about the great need Washington State has for loving, caring homes that will open their hearts and doors to foster children

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Deena Parra

Support Assistant

As Support Assistant, Deena looks forward to helping with various projects statewide and to offer support to the Fostering Together team. Deena was a licensed foster home for over 15 years and is also a foster adopt parent.



Angela Pitts-Long

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: The King County African American and Afrikan Immigrant Population

Foster Parent Since: 2001

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.


Christina Urtasun

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Island, Skagit, San Juan and Whatcom Counties

Foster Parent Since: 2001

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.


Leeann Marshel

Region 3 Coordinator

Serves: Southwestern Washington

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.

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Linda Cortani

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Jefferson and Clallam Counties

Foster Parent Since: 2010

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.

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Niki Favela

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Cowlitz, Lewis and Wahkiakum Counties

Foster Parent Since: 2009

As an alumni of foster care and caregiver of therapeutic foster care, Niki understands how important caregivers are to helping provide children with the stability they need to heal. She hopes to recruit quality foster homes and make sure they receive the support they need to be successful.

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Michelle Fowler

Support Assistant

Foster Parent Since: 2012

Growing up, Michelle’s family cared for foster children so when she married, she knew she wanted to be a licensed foster parent. She and her husband have three grown children and they just adopted five children, aged 2, 4, 5, 8 and 15. Michelle is also a Co-Trainer with the UW Alliance and was a Parent Mentor with DSHS. She is passionate about children and families and looks forward to helping make life a little easier for the families she works with.


Kim Glover

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Clark and Skamania Counties

Foster Parent Since: 2003

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.

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Niki Hatzenbuehler

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Thurston and Mason Counties
Foster Parent Since: 2013

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.

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Jeanie Johns

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Kitsap County

Foster Parent Since: 2007

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.

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Althea Sanders

Community Involvement

Foster Parent Since: 2012

Althea has had a heart for building a stronger, more effective fostering community. Working in Community Involvement will give a home to her passion for helping others, especially families and children. Her mission is to help families realize their own strength and extend their hearts toward children in need.

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Brenda Taylor

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Pacific and Grays Harbor

Foster Parent Since: 2008

Brenda feels that every child has a right to be a kid and she looks forward to helping people through the process of getting licensed and helping current foster families find resources and support.


Erika Thompson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Pierce County

Foster Parent Since: 2007

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.