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.


Kristy Dunn

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: King Kent South-East

Kristy has a passion for community and youth. She worked for the Department of Social and Health Services for over 10 years and is bringing that knowledge to her new position as a liaison. Kristy is a current foster parent.


Alexandria Haines

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Pierce-West Office

Alexandria Haines lives in Tacoma, she has been a foster parent for 2 1/2 years and it sparked a passion for being a voice for the children within the foster care system. She is honored to provide the current foster parents with the resources they need to provide these children with the highest quality of care, she is also very enthusiastic about providing the community awareness of how they can make a positive impact on these children and maybe help them see the light at the end of the tunnel and maybe turn some of the life tragedies into unforgettable miracles.



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.

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Maia Anderson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: King West

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

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.



Deena Parra

Region 2 Support Assistant

Serves: Region 2

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.


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CeCe Smith

African American Community Outreach

Serves: Region 2

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.


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CeCe Smith

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: King South-West

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.

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Rebecca Larsen

Native American Community Outreach

Serves: Region 2

Rebecca is a proud member of the Quinault Indian Nation whose tribal lineage goes back to straight Quileute lineage.  She is the third generation in her family affected by actions prior to the Indian Child Welfare Act policies of the State of Washington.  Because of her lived experience including the loss of her cultural ties to her tribal community, she understands the deep, negative impact this can have on our Native children in care.  It has also inspired her to advocate for the Native community and their children and she looks forward to supporting other Native foster parents in this position. For more information on her personal story, Click Here.


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.

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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.


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.


Suzanne Miller

African American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Suzanne lives in Tacoma and  has been married for 27 years and the mother of six beautiful children. Her and her husband have been foster parents for over 6 years and they have adopted all three of their youngest children. She is passionate about finding homes for children and caring for those in need. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the Army.

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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.



Aleticia Tijerina

Native American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Aleticia believes that all children are sacred.  She is honored to be a part of the Fostering Together team to serve children and foster families who too, share in the joy of offering their homes to neglected and abused children in our communities needing protection and love.



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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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.

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Tristan Mitchell

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Grays Harbor & Pacific County

As a foster parent, relative caregiver and adoptive parent, Tristan’s family has been enriched in immeasurable ways. She is passionate about helping kids in care and the families they are placed with and she firmly believes that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family that will support and encourage them throughout childhood. She looks forward to working with you to help children who are suffering and missing out on essential parts of childhood.