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.
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.
Serves: King Kent South-West & Kent South-East
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 7 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.
Serves: King West & Everett
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.
Serves: King East and White Center
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.
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.
Serves: Region 2
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. Larisa is also enrolled Alaska Native tribal member of Tlingit and Haida descent.