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.

 

Shala Crow

Program Director

Serves: Western Washington

Shala has been with Fostering Together Program for over 10 years and is passionate about the foster care system and ways to improve the quantity of foster homes available and the quality of lives of the children who reside in them. She served on as a 1624/CAFPT Representative for Region 3  for 7 years.  She was a foster parent for 9 years and has adopted 3 children.

Leeann Marshel

Program Supervisor

Serves: Region 5 & 6

Program Supervisor

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

Christina Urtasun

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3

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.

Danielle Martin

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Lynnwood & Smokey Point  Offices

Danielle is passionate about foster care and is honored to have the opportunity to support foster parents in her community. She has been a foster parent since 2014 and understands the need for support foster families have. She looks forward to working with her community to recruit more foster families and to ensure that current foster families have the resources and support they need.

Jill Mutcheson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3

Sky Valley (Monroe Office)

Jill has been fervent about serving children and their caregivers all her adult life.  This passion prompted her and her husband to become foster parents and eventually adopt from the foster care system.                                                      Very eager to recruit and serve caregivers as they play such a critical role in our children’s lives.  She is committed to supporting foster parents, so children who need care will have strong and loving homes to land in.

 

 

 

 

Maia Anderson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 3 & 4

King West & Everett Offices

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.

Christina Meyer Davis

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 4

Seattle West/White Center & OICW Office

Christina has been a foster parent since 2012 and an adoptive parent since 2017. She and her husband, Josh, started as foster parents and later became biological parents. Together they run the EduCare support group in White Center (Seattle) and Christina runs the Burien/West Seattle Foster Closet. She is passionate about supporting foster families in their journey through licensing and navigating the sometimes difficult waters of foster parenting.

Angelina Denver

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 4

King East (Bellevue Office) & King Southeast (Kent Office)

Angelina has been a Foster and Adoptive parent for more than 20 years. She is the proud Mom to 6 kids ages 10- 35. She has been active leader with the Refresh leadership team and Overlake Church for several years. While she enjoys building community in the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband, Allen, have close ties to Hawaii and CA as well. In her off time she loves to read, hike and play with her Australian Cattle Dogs.

Ginger Finau

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 4

King Southwest (Kent Office)

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.

Maria Villar

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 4

Martin Luther King Office

Maria was born and raised in Argentina, number four of five siblings. She married her high-school sweetheart with whom she has three bio boys and moved to the US in 2010. Maria became a foster family in January 2017 and has had eight foster kids since then. Having always had a great life she had a need to give back, this is why she spends some of her free time volunteering for BSA and PTSA in all three schools her kids attend, and probably for the same reason she became a foster mother.

 

Erika Thompson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 5

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.

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Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 5

Tacoma Office

Jeanie Johns

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 5

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.

Catharine Haynes

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6     

Mason County & Tumwater Office

Catharine has been a foster parent since 2014 when she and her spouse accepted a sibling set as their first placement.  They have one adopted daughter and continue to foster other children. She is passionate about sibling groups as well as maintaining their cultural roots and identity. Catharine’s parents are from Central America and she has worked extensively in the Bay Area with Guatemalan groups promoting social justice for indigenous communities. Catharine comes to us from the social services sector, speaks Spanish and looks forward to recruiting families of various backgrounds to serve foster children.

Teneille Carpenter

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6

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 Johnson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6

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.

Joyce Erickson

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6

Thurston & Lewis County

Joyce became a foster parent in 2013 and adopted her first child in 2014. Through the years she has had the privilege to love children who have been reunified with their biological family and to adopt three children. Joyce fell in love with the fostering community and is passionate about recruiting and supporting foster parents.

 

Linda Cortani

Recruiter Liaison

Serves: Region 6

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: Region 6

Cowlitz & Wahkiakum County

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: Region 6

Clark & Skamania County

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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