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.

Shannon Wilson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Tacoma Office

Shannon is very involved with the local churches and community, working with children for many years coaching sports and as the children’s Sunday school teacher in her home church. Shannon and her husband currently have 7 foster children, 4 of which they are in the process of adopting. Over the past 5 years, Shannon has developed a passion for engaging the community and local churches in the care of foster children and is excited to be a viable source to this population.

Erika Thompson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Puyallup & Lakewood 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.

Regina Hopkins

Native American Outreach Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Regina has worked with local tribes mainly in the Social Services department and school settings, working with Native American children and youth. She also dedicated several years serving as a TRIO counselor. A volunteer for the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee (ICWA)/Child Protective Team (CPT), Regina is dedicated and excited to helping Native American children and their families in this new role. Regina is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and also a decedent of the Quinault Nation.

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.